Foundation of the Arts
de BERNARDA ALBA"
Federico Garcia Lorca
Directed by Margarita Galban
Presented En Español
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Students & Educators: $5.00
After the death of her second
husband, Bernarda Alba, imposes a period of mourning on
her household that is to last eight years, as has been
traditional in her family. Bernarda has five daughters,
aged between 20 and 39, whom she has shielded and
controlled to an excessive degree and prohibited from
any form of relationship. The mourning period further
isolates the daughters, and tension mounts within the
household and it peaks when the women desire for the
same man, obsession then generates a tragic and
The house of Bernarda Alba is the last play Lorca wrote
before he was assassinated. He never saw it performed.
As a masterpiece of dramatic structure, the play gives
us some idea of the work he would have produced had he
not been executed at the age of thirty-eight.
Blood Wedding and Yerma preceded the House of Bernarda
Alba in Lorca’s trilogy on woman’s passion and
repression. These plays share several elements: the
tragic mode, the conflict between human desire and
social convention, and large-even heroic female roles.
In keeping with this perception, Lorca centered all
three of these plays on powerful, intensely passionate,
Sponsored by The Ruth
B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, Garrett &
Hartley Faculty Master Homes, Ortiz Programs, Whittier
Scholars Program, and the Department of Modern