Bilingual Foundation of the Arts




By Federico Garcia Lorca

Directed by Denise Blasor



Presented En Español


Saturday, September 26, 2015

7:30 p.m.


Tickets: $20.00

Seniors: $15.00

Students & Educators: $5.00



Después de la muerte de su segundo esposo, Bernarda Alba ordena un período de duelo, que como es tradicional en su familia, durará ocho años. Durante todo ese tiempo las cinco hijas de Bernarda, cuyas edades fluctúan entre los 20 y los 39 años estarán prohibidas de tener cualquier tipo de relación.

Bernarda ha ejercido siempre un férreo control sobre sus hijas; pero el prolongado aislamiento y la obsesión que todas ellas sentirán por el mismo hombre las conducirá a un trágico e inevitable final.

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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 inevitable finale.

"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, female characters.

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 Languages.


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