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Gallier House Project

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Gallier House Project

Shannon Flaherty

The Hermann Grima and Gallier Historic Houses (HGGHH) team up with Goat in the Road in the creation of a new immersive play based on the history and inhabitants of Gallier Historic House (1132 Royal Street). The show will explore class, race, and the life of the Gallier family in 19th-century New Orleans, and will open in November 2019.  

The performance will take place around the audience as the daily life of the house would have, blurring the traditional lines between performer and spectator, and between past and present. Audience members will have the choice to follow different characters and storylines throughout the house, making each audience experience unique. With the support and guidance of the HGGHH senior staff, GRP will use the history of the home to bring a number of historical characters to life.   

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The mission of the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses is to preserve and present the architecture and history of New Orleans beginning with the 19th century construction of the houses through the mid 20th century. They aim to be an example of best practices and stewardship both in architectural preservation and in inclusive education. They build invigorating partnerships on both community and national levels to increase the reach of the houses while their histories contribute to a larger conversation.  The educational programming of the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses is offered to local community members as well as out of town visitors, ensuring that an accurate and inclusive history of the Houses is well communicated and adding to the overall historical fabric of New Orleans.  To this effect they continually work to expand the interpretation of both houses, including the lives of the enslaved peoples who both lived and worked in the houses. Their engaging programming for all ages inspires an interest in preservation for the future.