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The classic Spanish play The House of Bernarda Alba, by Federico Garcia Lorca, will be performed Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 13-15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Strider Theater at Colby College as part of the Theater and Dance at Colby series.

Following the death of lead character Bernarda Alba’s husband, the mother of five adult daughters orders them to mourn for eight years. Behind the thick walls of Bernarda’s house, the frustrated women long for escape, which is only afforded by finding a suitable male match. One of them has the money to attract a suitor, and one of them has the youth and beauty to hold him. But beauty and wealth live in different parts of the house, tearing the sisters apart and threatening to destroy the only thing Bernarda values: her honor.

Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca, who also wrote Blood Wedding and Yerma, was killed in 1936 for his affiliation with members of the communist party. The House of Bernarda Alba is the last play he wrote, and it was first performed in 1945. In 2006, the musical adaptation opened at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater.

The production uses a new translation, by Caridad Svich, stars Colby senior Elizabeth Byrne (Solebury, Penn.), and is directed by Professor Laura Chakravarty Box. Recommended for mature teens and adults.

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