Immediately following the funeral for her husband, Bernarda Alba announces to her five daughters that they will observe an eight-year period of mourning in which they may not leave the house. The young women are devastated.
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The San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts is sponsored by San Bernardino Valley Concert Association.
About the House of Bernarda Alba
South rural Spain, the middle of summer underneath the oppressive Spanish sun, Bernarda Alba strives to retain the cultural status of her family following the death of her husband. The mid 1930s, it was a desperate and tumultuous time for humanity worldwide. For
the people of Spain, abject poverty and the threat of a fascist revolt resides in their hearts and minds. This is the setting of Federico Garcia Lorca’s play, The House of Bernarda Alba, or a drama of women in the villages of Spain. Or at least these were the circumstances at the time Lorca was writing his last play. 10 days after the play was finished, Francisco Franco and his fascist regime, sponsored by Hitler, successfully over threw the Spanish Republic which was established a mere 5 years prior. Within two months Lorca was captured and assassinated, a plane ticket to Mexico in his pocket. It may go without saying, he never saw his last play performed, and neither did anyone in Spain for the matter because his entire cannon of work, his poetry included, was banned until the death of Franco in 1975.
While Lorca was writing Bernarda Alba he told a friend with great enthusiasm, “there’s not a drop of poetry in it!” He wanted to write something real, to tell a truth. He wanted us to look at Bernarda Alba the way we would look at a photo album and see the way life was for women in the villages of Spain. He does so with fully imagined and complex characters, language steeped in imagery and symbolism which illustrates in our imagination another time and place plucked out of Granada and placed here at The San Bernardino Garcia Center for the Arts.
Just two days away, people are taking notice! Riverside’s own Press Enterprise was nice enough to do an article about our event this Saturday. Take a read, and we hope to see you there!
Tickets on sale now for $10! $15 at the door.
Thanks to everyone who made it out on Thursday to the Mission Tobacco Lounge for our benefit show. We raised close to our goal of $500 just in raffle tickets! You guys are awesome! We’re much closer to making The Shakespeare in the Park Festival a reality.
Some thanks are in order! From all of us here at The Homespun Players for a wildly successful fundraiser show. We are getting close to our goal to put on Shakespeare in the Park. A great big “Thank you!” to all the prize donors, guests, guests who donated by buying raffle tickets, and to Mission Tobacco Lounge for hosting us. You guys kept wooping and hollering even when we couldn’t be heard over the bar noise, and that was the most touching part. This picture was me the whole night. –Alyssa Mitchell
A special thank you for all the raffle donors:
..we couldn’t of done it without everyone!
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We will be selling raffle tickets to fund-raise for the Shakespeare in the Park Festival at White Park in April. Raffle prizes are from our generous donors including:
The Homespun Players are bringing Shakespeare to life in Riverside’s First Annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival! With two performances, a live band, interactive booths and local vendors, we intend to demystify The Taming of the Shrew and spark a love for our favorite playwright. We’re well on our way to making our budget for the event, but we still need your help do everything we want to.
Our previous event at the Riverside Art Museum that brought Grimm’s Fairy Tales to a diverse audience was a big hit and we want to build on that experience, and bring Shakespeare to a wide audience at White Park in downtown Riverside, CA.
We can only do this with your help. Please come to one of our entertaining fund raising events (see our Calendar) or consider donating directly online!
The Homespun Players are uniquely positioned to offer a high quality performance with low overhead costs. With a dedicated group of classically trained actors and experienced production staff, we know how to deliver stellar performances. Our costs stay low because we volunteer our time and have a large industry network to enlist help from but, we need your help to cover the remaining costs we can’t avoid.
Cultural events like this benefit everyone. Our goal is to create an annual event that people get excited for and helps keep Riverside blossoming.