NEYT Alumni Association presents Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, translated by Jessica Callahan Gelter, and directed by Eric Bass, with original compositions and score by Lynn Mahoney Rowan.
Lorca's Blood Wedding is a dark story of violence and vendetta in a rural Spanish town.
The death-bound love triangle at the center of the play fuels passions to a fever pitch and propels the story to its unstoppable tragic conclusion.
An arranged country marriage between the children of rich landowners is about to take place. The bride's former lover arrives at the wedding, and the two run away with each other. The entire town goes after the lovers in the middle of the night where pursuers and pursued plunge into a realm of deep darkness where the moonlight is not friendly and the forest not shelter enough.
In this time of national debate about gun control, Lorca's 1932 play seems as relevant as it did when it was written. It asks some of the same questions that we see each day in the news: Is violence related to the availability of weapons? Is violence embedded in the psyche of a culture? Is violence the pre-ordained result of unresolved conflicts?
This production of Blood Wedding, staged as a folk-opera with music by Lynn Mahoney Rowan, transcends time. Lorca's image-laden poetry unfolds the story with the fire and power characteristic of his work. The new translation by Jessica Callahan is pared down to feature the haunting songs. The play will be directed by Eric Bass of Sandglass Theater.
For director Bass, this is a wonderful opportunity. "It's a treat to work with the NEYT alumni. I've known some of these actors since they were young, worked with some when NEYT was still in the little storefront next to the Latchis. Now we get to work together on a project that I've dreamed about for a number of years."
Shows: 6/21 at 7pm, 6/22 at 2+7pm, 6/23 at 2pm
Tickets: $5 NEYT summer program students, $10 students and seniors, $12 adults
Tickets are NOT available online for this production.
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