Cuban themed play ‘Houses Without Walls’ performs as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival

Houses Without Walls, written and directed by Cuban-born poet, playwright, and scholar Susannah Rodriguez Drissi, portrays two generations of women coping with motherhood and madness in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution of 1959. Candela and Gloria’s stories are almost impossible to tell apart. Each day, without reprieve, they speak to themselves and to each other across a wall. One day, however, the wall no longer holds, and Candela and Gloria come face to face. Houses Without Walls premiers at the Hollywood Fringe Festival on June 3rd at the Stephanie Feury Theatre Studio, 5636 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

Torn between historical and personal traumas, love, fear, and resentment for their daughters, Candela and Gloria simply can’t forget—if anything, they remember too much. Likewise, their daughters—now women living in exile—grapple with lives turned upside-down by history and personal choices. Their mothers will die without them. Their own daughters, too, will leave them one day. Ultimately, Houses Without Walls reminds us that motherhood, like a revolution, is a life-altering event—often wrought with obligation, madness, and pain.


Houses Without Walls was inspired by events Rodriguez Drissi experienced while living in Cuba during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift when Fidel Castro opened the sea border, unleashing a major refugee crisis.  “The mothers and daughters of Houses Without Walls,” Rodriguez Drissi explains, “could be any mother and daughter who has experienced separation, political violence, and the madness that ensues. This play is about walls—the ones we imagine, the ones we build and, ultimately, the ones we must tear down.”

Houses Without Walls stars Yelyna De Leon, Magdalena Emar, and Maria Ignacia Hojas. It runs 35 minutes, followed by Q&A (1 hr. total). It is recommended for ages 14 and up.

Performance dates are:

Sunday, June 3 – 2:30 pm – Preview
Saturday, June 9 –  6:00 pm
Saturday, June 16 – 1:00 pm
Wednesday, June 20 – 8:30 pm
Sunday, June 24 – 1:00 pm

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here. Watch below for an invitation from the writer.