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Art is the lie that makes us realize the truth
– Pablo Picasso
Words and Music by Michael John LaChuisa, Based on the play THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA by Federico García
November 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16, Wismer Theatre
Directed by Joel P. Rogers
Choreography: Joel P. Rogers & Marianne Riera (Student)
Flamenco Consultant: Monica Taboada
Scenic Design: Tom Ontiveros
Sound Design: Katie Whitlock
Lighting Design: Tom Ontiveros
Costume Design: Ruth Palmerlee
BERNARDA ALBA is a master work by Michael John LaChiusa, who has brought us such critically acclaimed hits as Hello Again, The Wild Party, Marie Christine. LaChiusa brings a musical voice to Federico Garcia Lorca's final 1936 masterpiece, The House of Bernarda Alba, through pulsing castanets, trilling Spanish guitars and resounding rhythmic stomps. BERNARDA ALBA tells the tales of a powerful matriarch, who imposes a strict rule on her household following her second husband's funeral: "Not a breath of outside air is going to enter this house. It's going to feel like we've bricked up the doors and windows," she proclaims. Bernarda's five daughters, however, struggle with her cold wishes. The girls' dreams and desires challenge their mother's harsh rules and the outside world begins to slowly permeate their isolated existence.