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Current Season
A House With No Walls


NOV 1 - DEC 21, 2008
previews 10/29 - 10/31 at 8 pm

Opening Night:
Saturday, November 1 at 7 pm

Regular Performance Times:
• Wednesdays at 7:30 pm (12/3, 12/10 & 12/17 only)
• Thursdays at 7:30 pm (except 11/27)
• Fridays at 8 pm (also 4 pm on 11/28)
• Saturdays at 4 pm & 8 pm
• Sundays at 2 pm

Running Time:
Approximately 2 hours, including one intermission.


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Race In America: A Discussion With No Walls (FREE) is a special event on Tuesday, December 2 from 6 - 8 pm at the international House at the University of Chicago, featuring distinguished panelists delving deeper into the themes and issues of A House With No Walls. More info ...

Post-show discussions (FREE) hosted by a TimeLine Company Member and featuring members of the production team and cast on Thursdays 11/6, 11/13 & 11/20; Sundays 11/23 & 11/30 and Wednesday 12/10.

Sunday Scholars Series (FREE), an hour-long post-show panel discussion featuring experts on the themes of the play, on 11/16. More info ...

Company Member Discussion on Sunday 12/7 (FREE). The heart of TimeLine is our Company members, who shape the artistic vision and choose the programming for the organization. Join them after this performance for an informal discussion to hear more about how the Company works and the process that brought this show to the stage.


by Thomas Gibbons
directed by Louis Contey
Chicago Premiere

"Demands to be seen, not just because it's smart and entertaining but also because it's universally relevant." — EDGE Boston

A House With No Walls

The Reviews

"The smartest show you'll see all year."
— Newcity

"Provocative? You bet."
— Chicago Sun-Times

"Chalk up another timely event to Chicago theater ... its racial and generational themes seem profoundly amplified in the wake of the historic electoral event just witnessed here in the good old USA."
— Time Out Chicago

"A House With No Walls is engrossing because of its willingness to tackle head-on one of the biggest elephants in the room of American culture."
— Chicago Reader

"Gibbons is a storyteller as much as an articulate voice in the country’s unending debates about race, culture and history. Massive, fraught topics each, they are broached in Timeline Theatre’s excellent production through interesting characters and a compelling drama."
— Examiner.com

The Video Preview

A House With No Walls video preview

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The Dramaturgy

A House With No Walls lobby display

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About the Production

From the author of Bee-Luther-Hatchee and Permanent Collection comes this inspired-by-real-life drama. Philadelphia wants to build its new American Museum of Liberty on the grounds of George Washington's Philadelphia home and slave quarters. Soon a conservative academic star and a liberal political activist are confronting each other with polarizing questions of African-American legacy and identity. Elegantly juxtaposed with this contemporary conflict is the true story of one of Washington's slaves as she contemplates escape. The result is a thought-provoking drama that asks vital questions about race in America, both where we’ve been and where we go next.

Artistic Director PJ Powers comments:
“This is a provocative and innovative play that addresses not only race relations in this country, but also the challenges that come from trying to even discuss race relations. Honestly, it’s not a conversation we’ve had enough at TimeLine, and we’re very much looking forward to engaging in that dialogue with this production.”