Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, translated by Langston Hughes

Posted on Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2010-02-17

Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding reads like a mysterious telenovela plotline — complete with adultery, scandal, and murder. Lorca’s rural tragedy focuses on the upcoming wedding of characters known simply as “the Bride” and “the Groom.” The only character with a proper name is “Leonardo,” the Bride’s unhappily married ex-boyfriend, who keeps showing up at her bedroom window in the middle of the night. It’s unclear why the Bride bothers to go through with the marriage — she and Leonardo disappear on horseback immediately following the service. As the wedding party enters the nearby forest to search for the lovers-at-large, the play’s cosmic elements emerge — “the Moon” starts talking and decides she’s in the mood for bloodshed (which is convenient — “Death” personified in the form of an old beggar just happens to be in the neighborhood). Notably, Blood Wedding debuted in Madrid in 1933, but was later banned by Franco’s Falangist regime, and wasn’t produced again until 1953. $8, 8pm, Trinity’s Stieren Theater, 1 Trinity Place, trinity.edu, runs through February 27.

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