The Village Playhouse Presents The House Of Bernarda Alba
The Village Playhouse presents The House of Bernarda Alba.
THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA is Federico Garcia Lorca's last play, written in 1936, the year he was killed at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. This play, along with Blood Wedding and Yerma, form a trilogy expressing what Lorca saw as the tragic life of Spanish women.
Upon her second husbands death, domineering matriarch Bernarda Alba imposes an eight-year mourning period on her household in accordance with her family tradition. Bernarda has five daughters, aged 20 to 39, whom she has controlled inexorably and prohibited from any form of romantic relationship. The mourning period further isolates them and tension mounts within the household.
Bernardas eldest daughter, Angustias, has inherited a large sum of money from her father, Bernardas first husband, but Bernardas second husband has left only small sums to his four daughters. Angustias wealth attracts a young, attractive suitor from the village, Pepe el Romano. Her sisters are jealous, believing that its unfair that plain, sickly Angustias should receive both the majority of the inheritance and the freedom to marry and escape their suffocating home environment.
Youngest sister Adela, stricken with sudden spirit and jubilation after her fathers funeral, defies her mothers orders, and later realizes all of her sisters are as interested in Pepe as she is. Her brief taste of youthful joy shatters when she discovers that Angustias will be marrying Pepe. La Poncia, Bernardas maid, advises Adela to bide her time. Distressed, Adela takes matters into her own hands. Sibling rivalry consumes the five daughters as they struggle with feelings of despair and doom, ultimately leading to the plays tragic conclusion.
Repression, sexual tension, gender roles, social class, gossip, death, and religion are prominent themes throughout Lorcas play. The play will be directed by Erico Ortiz.
About The Village Playhouse:
The Village Playhouse is the resident theater company at Inspiration Studios in West Allis, Wisconsin. The House of Bernarda Alba is the third play of the theater's 39th season. Themed "Labor Of Love", this season is focused on passion projects, with everyone involved donating their time and talents.
More information at villageplayhouse.org
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