The Most Beautiful Home… Maybe

June 15-18, 2022


Co-created, written, and directed by ashley sparks and Mark Valdez


The Most Beautiful Home… Maybe is a devised play inspired by gatherings of people in real and virtual spaces, that tell stories about housing insecurity and the inflection points responsible.


Los Angeles based artists and activists Mark-n-sparks (Mark Valdez and ashley sparks) bring their innovative devised performance piece to Syracuse Stage as part of a four city initiative to examine housing insecurity across the country. The Most Beautiful Home… Maybe offers a nerdy and raucous vision for guaranteed housing. Developed from conversations and workshops with housing advocates, activists, developers, and government workers, The Most Beautiful Home… Maybe is a multi-media performance juxtaposing housing data, Lyndon Johnson, torch songs, and stories of Americans facing home insecurity, past and present. Offered as a two-part engagement and performance event, the project brings together key players in housing policy to envision a future where everyone has a home.


There is a mounting need for solutions to our national housing crises. Can theater help solve these challenges?

Photo: A house stands vacant in the Northside Neighborhood in Syracuse, NY. With a stated goal of returning vacant, abandoned, or tax delinquent property back to productive use, the Syracuse Land Bank has nearly 1,000 properties in it's inventory. (Maranie Stabb) 


Performances of The Most Beautiful Home… Maybe are free, but registration is required.

Registration will be available at a later date.


Hannah Pepper Cunnhingham* (Zendra)

Karla Mosley* (Zébra)

Bruce Young* (Zebdrix)

Joe Strachan (Musician)


*Member, Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional stage managers and actors

Additional Events

Syracuse Symposium: Conventions

A series of four free special events examining housing insecurity in Central New York leading up to performances of The Most Beautiful Home...Maybe.

Event 1: Monday, October 18, 2021 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Historical Conventions: How we got where we are

Event 2: Monday, November 15, 2021 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Current Conventions (and best intentions)

Event 3: 
Monday, February 7, 2022 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Breaking Conventions: New approaches to old housing issues

Event 4: 
Monday, February 28, 2022 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Creating Conventions: Causing a new future of housing for all

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