The ‘House That Will Not Stand’ Sheds Light On A Lesser-Known Period In African-American History


After its award-winning off-Broadway run, Marcus Gardley’s play The House That Will Not Stand is being adapted into a film that recounts the harrowing perils of slavery in early 19th century, according to Deadline. The narrative, which is set in the New Orleans’ historical neighborhood of Treme in the early 1800s, surrounds the largely unknown story of Black Creole women who escaped slavery and became millionaires through the practice of pla├žage, or common-law marriages to wealthy white men.

It’s unclear whether or not the film adaptation will follow the stage play exactly. However, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Gardley’s narrative launched an important exploration into a little-known period in African-American history that changed the rules for free people of color as the power of the…

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