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The screams of silence, Lorca at Teatro Santa Ana

By Lilia Trápaga

The House of Bernarda Alba, written by the renowned playwright and poet Federico Garcia Lorca in 1936, and whose release was not permitted in Spain until 1964, 28 years after it was written, is considered his masterpiece. It  is also his last work, because in that same year, at the outbreak of the civil war, the poet was arrested by Franco’s forces and executed on August 19 on charges of freethinking and being a person liable to disrupt social order.

The central theme of the play is the conflict between authority and freedom. The tyranny embodied by Bernarda Alba represents the patriarchal values and anticipates the Franco dictatorship. Facing the repression imposed by their mother, her daughters will respond with a range of attitudes ranging from submission to rebellion against traditional morality.

Lorca is a master in searching the human soul and expressing its passions in a poetic way. Thus — in this drama full of symbolism — hatred, envy, intrigue, rebellion against what is established and against appearances, are openly expressed. The power of money, the repression of women and other social differences are central themes.

La casa de Bernarda Alba/The House of Bernarda Alba
Federico García Lorca
Grupo El Caldero
Nov 29, 30, 8pm;  Dec 1, 7pm
Teatro Santa Ana
Reloj 50-A
100 pesos
50 peso, INAPAM & students/estudiantes
Spanish (English summary included in hand program)

The theater troupe El Caldero (The Cauldron) will present a free version of this play at the end of November. The cast includes: Jesús Ibarra, Alejandro Cruz, Anabella Martínez, Marcia Armenta, Alina Monterrubio, Ana María Muñoz,  Marisa Boullosa, Francisca Salcedo, Marisa Ávalos and Juan Elías Robledo. Ya Ya Silva executes lights and sound.  Lilia Trápaga directs.

Performances will take place at Teatro Santa Ana of La Biblioteca on November 29 and 30, at 8 pm, and Saturday, December 1, at 7 pm.

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