The House of Bernarda Alba
By Federico Garcia Lorca, adapted in English by Emily Mann
February 13-February 23, 2019
The House of Bernarda Alba, considered by many the greatest of modern Spanish tragedies, is realistic and lyrical. Bernarda is a stern matriarch obsessed with family honor. Just widowed, she announces to her five daughters that they will enter a traditional 8-year period of cloistered mourning. Each daughter desires love, but with the doors clamped shut, they turn to other pursuits, while carrying their great passions in silence – all except the youngest, who rebels against the oppression of her tyrannical mother. Tensions explode as the women confront one another, leading to a terrifyingly powerful and tragic end.