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Spanish classic 'Blood Wedding' to come to ULV

Marla Bahloul
Arts Editor

The Spanish tragedy “Blood Wedding,” will be brought to life in the Dailey Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as Nov 12-14.

A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 15.

Dramatist Federico García Lorca wrote the play in 1932, with its first performance being brought to life in Madrid a year later.

The avant garde playwright lived a tumultous life, brought to a tragic end by his assassination in 1938 at the age of 38.

The killer remains unknown.

The 90-minute play introduces the themes of death and the woman’s role in society, both being classic topics in Spanish folklore.

Lorca’s tragedy focuses on a young bride, who abandons her bridegroom on the day of their wedding, only to elope with a former lover, who happens to be a common enemy of the family.

Senior Natasha Velasco will play the bride who is faced with breaking away from the societal expectation of the female role.

The path she chooses to embark on is one full of hardships – the ownership by her father and the seeming possession of her to the bridegroom.

Velasco will be performing in the play as part of her senior thesis.

The classic tale of desire and repression, originally titled, “Bodas de Sangre,” is a timeless account, and one of Lorca’s most acclaimed tragedies.

The tragedy is often grouped with Lorca’s other plays, “Yerma” and “The House of Bernarda Alba,” presented together as a rural trilogy.

Actors of the University’s production include Alexander Clague as the bridegroom, and Danny Bride as Velasco’s former lover.

Tickets will be on sale at the door for $10, general admission, $8 for seniors and $5 for students with an I.D.

Don’t miss your chance to see this Spanish tragedy.

For ticket reservations and more information on “Blood Wedding,” call 909-593-3511, ext. 4386.

Marla Bahloul can be reached at marla.bahloul@laverne.edu.

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