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Photos: Lizan Mitchell, Linda Bright Clay, Diana Coates, Aneisa Hicks, Angela Alise Johnson, Penelope Walker and Jacqueline Williams Set for THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND at Victory Gardens through July 10

Chay Yew Photo by Lia Chang

Chay Yew Photo by Lia Chang

Victory Gardens Theater concludes its 41st season with the Midwest Premiere of The House That Will Not Stand by Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley, directed by Artistic Director Chay Yew. The House That Will Not Stand began preview performances on June 10 and continues through July 10. The opening night performance is Friday, June 17, 2016, at 7:30 pm at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Tickets are available online www.victorygardens.org or by calling the Box Office: 773-871-3000.

The cast of The House That Will Not Stand includes Linda Bright Clay, Diana Coates, Aneisa Hicks, Angela Alise Johnson, Lizan Mitchell, Penelope Walker and Jacqueline Williams.

Victory Gardens’ Ensemble Playwright Marcus Gardley (An Issue of Blood, The Gospel of Lovingkindness) returns with another stirring portrait of historic America. This time Gardley unearths a story of 1836 New Orleans where free women of color are permitted to enter into common-law marriages with wealthy white men. The home and life that Beartrice has built for herself and three daughters, on a foundation of money, freedom, and secrets, threatens to collapse after her husband mysteriously dies. Told through Gardley’s signature poetic voice and directed by Chay Yew, The House That Will Not Stand is a powerful and bewitching family drama filled with desire, jealousy, murder and voodoo.

Check out the productions photos by Michael Courier. 

Aneisa Hicks, Diana Coates, and Angela Alise in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Aneisa Hicks, Diana Coates, and Angela Alise in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Jacqueline Williams and Lizan Mitchell in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Jacqueline Williams and Lizan Mitchell in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Linda Bright Clay, Jacqueline Williams, and Lizan Mitchell in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Linda Bright Clay, Jacqueline Williams, and Lizan Mitchell in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Linda Bright Clay and Jacqueline Williams in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Linda Bright Clay and Jacqueline Williams in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Angela Alise, Aneisa Hicks, and Diana Coates in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Angela Alise, Aneisa Hicks, and Diana Coates in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Jacqueline Williams and Penelope Walker in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Jacqueline Williams and Penelope Walker in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND. Photo by Michael Courier.

Performance Schedule: 
Sat, Jun 18: 7:30pm
Sun, Jun 19: 3:00pm
Wed, Jun 22: 7:30pm
Thu, Jun 23: 7:30pm
Fri, Jun 24: 7:30pm
Sat, Jun 25: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sun, Jun 26: 3:00pm
Wed, Jun 29: 2:00pm
Thu, Jun 30: 7:30pm
Fri, Jul 1: 7:30pm
Sat, Jul 2: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sun, Jul 3: 3:00pm
Tue, Jul 5: 7:30pm
Wed, Jul 6: 7:30pm
Fri, Jul 8: 7:30pm
Sat, Jul 9: 3:00pm & 7:30pm
Sun, Jul 10: 3:00pm

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Chay Yew, Victory Gardens Theater is dedicated to artistic excellence while creating a vital, contemporary American Theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through productions of challenging new plays and musicals. Victory Gardens Theater is committed to the development, production, and support of new plays that has been the mission of the theater since its founding, set forth by Dennis Zacek, Marcelle McVay, and the original founders of Victory Gardens Theater.

Victory Gardens Theater is a leader in developing and producing new theater work and cultivating an inclusive Chicago theater community. Victory Gardens’ core strengths are nurturing and producing dynamic and inspiring new plays, reflecting the diversity of our city’s and nation’s culture through engaging diverse communities, and in partnership with Chicago Public Schools, bringing art and culture to our city’s active student population.

Since its founding in 1974, the company has produced more world premieres than any other Chicago theater, a commitment recognized nationally when Victory Gardens received the 2001 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Victory Gardens Biograph Theater includes the Za?ek-McVay Theater, a state-of-the-art 259-seat mainstage and the 109-seat studio theater on the second floor, named the Richard Christiansen Theater.

Victory Gardens Ensemble Playwrights include Luis Alfaro, Philip Dawkins, Marcus Gardley, Ike Holter, Samuel D. Hunter, Naomi Iizuka, Tanya Saracho, and Laura Schellhardt. Each playwright has a seven-year residency at Victory Gardens Theater.

The Playwrights Ensemble Alumni includes Claudia Allen, Lonnie Carter, Steve Carter, Gloria Bond Clunie, Dean Corrin, Nilo Cruz, Joel Drake Johnson, John Logan, Nicholas Patricca, Douglas Post, James Sherman, Charles Smith, Jeffrey Sweet, and Kristine Thatcher.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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