A HOUSE WITH NO WALLS

a drama by Thomas Gibbons
Directed by Lois Roach
OCT 24 - NOV 18/2007

Last seen in our reading series, New Voices @ New Rep, Thomas Gibbons’ new play comes to the Mosesian Theater as a part of an NNPN World Premiere. The grounds of George Washington’s presidential home erupt into an emotional minefield when two opposing African-American politicos weigh in on how to honor both American liberty and the memory of the nine slaves who lived in the eight-by-eight foot square quarters on site. Their debate is juxtaposed against the experience of Ona Judge, one of President Washington’s slaves, whose quest for freedom came at a great price. Based on real events, A House With No Walls exposes a modern challenge of successful African-Americans while revealing still-hidden prejudices.

Photo: Kortney Adams. Photo: Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures.

Johnny Lee Davenport*

Salif Camara / Jacob Easton

Johnny Lee Davenport*

Salif Camara / Jacob Easton

JOHNNY LEE DAVENPORT* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Thurgood, The Whipping Man, and A House with No Walls. Other area credits include The Unbleached American (Stoneham Theatre); It’s A Wonderful Life, A Radio Play (Wheelock Family Theatre); Water by the Spoonful and Broke-ology/Elliot Norton Award, Best Actor (The Lyric Stage Company); Driving Miss Daisy and Master Harold…and the Boys (Gloucester Stage Company); and Invisible Man/Helen Hayes Award, Best Ensemble (Studio Theatre Washington, D.C. and The Huntington Theatre Company). Mr. Davenport has played more than 50 roles in 24 of Shakespeare’s plays including Richard III (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Pericles (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); and Richard II (Shakespeare & Company). Film credits include Ted, The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals, and Ascendants. He was named Best Actor in Boston Magazine (2011). johnnyleedavenport.com

Michael Kaye*

Allen Rosen / Tobias Humphreys

Michael Kaye*

Allen Rosen / Tobias Humphreys

MICHAEL KAYE* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Good, Broken Glass, The Elephant ManAmadeusOpus, House With No Walls, and Silence. He also appeared in Good this past summer Off-Broadway (PTP/NYC). Other area credits include Mothers and Sons and Clybourne Park (SpeakEasy Stage Company); Uncle JackMonster, The Glass Menagerie, and Good (Boston Center for American Performance); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); Book of Days (Lyric Stage Company); and various productions at Huntington Theatre Company and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Mr. Kaye serves as Assistant Professor of Acting at Boston University School of Theatre, where he earned both his BFA and MFA in Acting and Theatre Education respectively. Born in Chicago, he now lives in Sandwich, NH.

*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
***member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829