Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Spanish classic theatre coming up in Jimena

The local theatre group, Alba Teatro, is presenting La casa de Bernarda Alba (The House of Bernarda Alba), a play the famous dramatist Federico García Lorca on Thursday, December 8 at the Reina Sofía Cultural Centre in Estación de Jimena, at 7pm. Commentators have often grouped it with Blood Wedding Yerma as a "rural trilogy". Lorca did not include it in his plan for a "trilogy of the Spanish earth" (which remained unfinished at the time of his murder)in Granada. Lorca described the play in its subtitle as a drama of women in the villages of SpainThe House of Bernarda Alba was Lorca's last play, completed on 19 June 1936, two months before the author's murder by the Nationalists (fascists) during the Spanish Civil War. The play was first performed in 1945. The play centers on the events of a house in Andalusia during a period of mourning, in which Bernarda Alba (aged 60) wields total control over her five daughters Angustias (39 years old), Magdalena (30), Amelia (27), Martirio, (24), and Adela (20). The housekeeper (La Poncia) and Bernarda's elderly mother (María Josefa) also live there. The deliberate exclusion of any male character from the action helps build up the high level of sexual tension that is present throughout the play. Pepe "el Romano", the love interest of Bernarda's daughters and suitor of Angustias, never appears on stage. The play explores themes of repression, passion, and conformity, and inspects the effects of men upon women. (Source:Wikipedia)

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