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'Blood Wedding' evokes passions

The theater department’s production of the Lorca classic is superb

Charlie Neff
Staff Writer

The theater arts department debuted Federico Garcia Lorca’s challenging play “Bodas de Sangre,” or “Blood Wedding,” last weekend, and the production was explosive.

The production continues this weekend with performances tonight and Saturday and a matinee Sunday.

After just the first few moments of the show, the Audience will be on the edge of their seats waiting on the actors next breath.

The play started out with a simple moving set, taking the viewer into the home of a Spanish mother.

A tense feeling laid over the crowd as they bore with the nagging mother who had previously lost one of her sons and husband to a knife-fight with a rival family.

Actress Stephanie Aguilar put on an astounding performance by really bringing the distraught character of the mother to life.

At the point when the mother discovers her only living son would marry, immediately threw the audience into an eager frenzy waiting on the mother’s reaction.

Aguilar did a wonderful job – eventually coming to the conclusion to support the union, releasing a sigh of relief from the audience.

Alexander Clague, the bridegroom, resembled a character straight out of the films “Robin Hood,” or “Ever After,” with his shirt slightly unbuttoned at the collar and a red sash belt swinging from his hips.

His expressions remained honest and innocent throughout the story, making the climax even more unfortunate.

The young bride, played by Natasha Velasco as part of her senior thesis, was unwilling to get married, her heart was with someone else.

Velasco skillfully created tension – making the audience members feel as if they were right between a quarreling couple.

At the same time she showed she was hopeful to be with Leonardo, who was already married to her cousin with a child.

Danny Bride, the bride’s former lover, also put on a first-rate performance making his character, Leonardo, extremely loathed by the audience.

Not only is he a family member of the rival family that killed the mothers’ husband and son, but he desired to be with the bride.

Leonardo’s careless passion toward his loving wife caused the audience to be hostile towards his actions and were bothered to see that he would give up his marriage for a past love.

Leonardo’s actions throughout the play continued to lower the audiences favor with him. Instances such as riding his horse to get a peek at the bride-to-be, or taking her aside in private during the wedding just to stir things up did not sit well with the viewers, especially the women.

The climax of the play was when the bride decided to run off with Leonardo in the middle of her wedding, but was not a surprise to the already bothered audience.

The play took a dramatic turn when the families and friends scurried off into the forest in hopes of finding the couple.

The Moon, played by Kevin Greene, was the highlight of the forest-scene as he crawled amongst the fog with white paint splattered across his body and engaged the audience by reciting poetry versus.

The forest beggar woman, played by Hailey Heisick, entertained the crowd with her long wooden cane and torn up clothes portraying a crazy, yet wise, homeless lady.

Heisick’s character, the beggar woman, lead the bridegroom to Leonardo, beginning the fight scene which woke the audience out of their dramatic daze.

The characters used creative tactics to portray the fight scene, slowing down the knife fight to a scene reminiscent of “The Matrix.”

Every time one of the men was stabbed, a blood colored cloth was swiped across the wound, splattering chunks of red soup-like matter across the stage and the actors’ clothes.

The battle ended with both men tragically stabbing each other to death.

The mother of the bridegroom was distressed, now being completely alone with all three of her men dead and at this point, many members of the audience were sniffling.

The bride shows her selfish face, with blood stained on her clothes and face, when she comes to see the two dead men and begs the mother to kill her.

The mother, bride and Leonardo’s wife all recite in Spanish for the final scene as they lay amongst the dead men.

The tragedy is based on a true story, with the cast and crew receiving a standing ovation for the impeccable job they did.

“Blood Wedding” is one of the most well known tragedies within the theater realm and the students of ULV have recreated a timeless Spanish tale.

Charlie Neff can be reached at charlie.neff@laverne.edu.

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