JAN - 30 - FEB 02, 2014

An incisive and bold examination of the American Dream, HOUSE / DIVIDED juxtaposes scenes from the current mortgage crisis with passages drawn from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, revealing how deeply the foreclosure crisis has affected and undermined our collective sense of American character and identity. In a set constructed from the bones of an actual foreclosed home, The Builders Association interweaves the Joads’ struggles on their way West with the perpetrators and participants in our own fast-moving, mediated and leveraged banking and housing systems. A highly immersive theatre experience, HOUSE / DIVIDED presents a shifting sense of place while tracing a line through American experience – a modern theatrical allegory of finding and losing refuge from Oklahoma all the way to our media-saturated, precariously financed global society.

“moving, inventive production… artfully interlaced” —New York Times



Founded in 1994, The Builders Association is a New York-based, OBIE award-winning performance and media company that creates original productions based on stories drawn from contemporary life. The company uses the richness of new and old tools to extend the boundaries of theatre. Based on innovative collaborations, they blend stage performance, text, video, sound and architecture to tell stories about human experience in the 21st century.


Performers Moe Angelos
  Jess Barbagallo
  Sean Donovan
  Matthew Karges
  LaToya Lewis
  David Pence


Directed by Marianne Weems
Written by James Givvs & Moe Angelos
Sound Design & Original Music Composition by Dan Dobson
Video Designer Austin Switser
Lighting  Jennifer Tipton & Laura Mroczkowski
Scenic Concept & Design John Cleater & Neal Wilkinson
Production Manager Neal Wilkinson
Technical Director Brian Morgan
Associate Video Designer Paulina Jurzec
Video Associate Jesse Garrison
Sound Associate Matt O'Hare
Assistant Director Sarah Krohn
Emma Sherr-Ziarko Production Assistant
Assistant Director (Wexner) Francesca Spedalieri
Managing Director Erica Laird


  • Location: Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
  • Inspired by: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Directed by: Marianne Weems
  • Series: Pioneer
  • Ages: 12+
  • Running Time: 80 minutes with no intermission
  • Don't miss the Augmented Reality (AR) Layers of HOUSE / DIVIDED! Click here to view instructions for accessing this added dimension of the performance.