Marcus Gardley Wins Glickman Award

Playwright Marcus Gardley has won the Will Glickman Award for his play The House That Will Not Stand. The play was developed at Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor laboratory for new works and presented in last year’s Berkeley Rep season.  Marcus Gardley is from Oakland, California and although he is now a nationally recognized playwright, he still considers himself a Bay Area playwright.marcus

The House That Will Not Stand is a beautiful gumbo of a play, lyrical and poetic as most of Gardley’s work, and is set in 1836 New Orleans where its characters live in the social convention of “placage” – where free Creole women of color entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men.  In discussing the play, Gardley said that he was exploring what it means to be free and also hoping to widen knowledge of this piece of history.  (See “Playwright Marcus Gardley“)

Ray Reinhardt  and Lizan Mitchell in Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of "The House that will not Stand"

Ray Reinhardt and Lizan Mitchell in Berkeley Rep’s world premiere of “The House that will not Stand”

I am particularly fond of the Will Glickman Award. It is presented annually to a play that had its world premiere in the Bay Area. The winner is chosen by a panel of top Bay Area theatre critics: Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle, Robert Avila of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Karen D’Souza of the San Jose Mercury News, Chad Jones of and Sam Hurwitt of KQED Arts and the Marin Independent Journal. I have fervently agreed with many of the Glickman Award choices (including two of my all-time favorites: Rajiv Joseph’s The North Pool and last year’s winner Aaron Loeb’s Ideation). It is terrific to see support and attention paid to new work.

Marcus Gardley is prolific and his plays are often produced.  Watch for your next opportunity to see a Marcus Gardley play — it won’t be long and it will be worth seeing.

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