TBT: We did it!

Gratitude is over-flowing from us players. Last night at MTL we reached our fundraising goal and then some!

Not only did we have an amazing turn-out who was a wonderful audience, but our guest performers knocked everything right out of the park.

There are a lot of Thank you’s in order so here goes:

-MTL, for hosting us so graciously

-Rob Faust, for joining our team and elevating our art in so many ways and keeping a fun a loving energy going. Not to mention your performances were amazing.

-Erika Bellasi, for bringing the laughs, and setting the record as our best comic guest yet!

-Sonic Bath, for rocking the space with your live sounds and grooves.

-The casts of “The Hug Club” and “This is Not a Cult,” thank you for donating your rehearsal time and amazing talents to our cause!

-Riverside’s Local Business scene: You guys were so generous this year and provided us with an amazing offering of prizes to our guests. These donors can now be seen on our Sponsor page.

-Jason Luper and Rob again for donating original and hand-made art to our silent auction!

-Mission Property and Denise Tomlinson, as always, for allowing us to meet and rehearse in your business space

-And last, but absolutely not least, ALL OF OUR SUPPORTING GUESTS! You brought the love this year and we are going to produce an amazing festival because of it.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. From all of us here at the Homespun Players.


Thank you!

After three long months of fundraising, The Homespun Players would like to thank:

-All of you who attended our fundraisers! You know who you are. 😉

-All the businesses who donated prizes for our fundraisers!

-All the venues that hosted and supported us: Pixels, Mission Tobacco Lounge and AMF Bowling Lanes on Arlington Ave.

-All the performers who lent their talents at our fundraisers: Brandon Ecks, The Hopeful Giants, The Angry Babies, David T8tz and His Lovely Friends, Creepshow Cabaret, RodRigo Torres, and Fox and the Red Hares.

-All of our major sponsors: City of Riverside, Riverside East Rotary Club, Wick’s Brewery, New Threads Theatre Company, Riverside Arts Council

You put the wind beneath our wings, Riverside!

You still have a chance to donate as we always have more things to pay for:



About The House of Bernarda Alba

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

Huerta de San Vicente, summer home of Lorca’s family in Granada, Spain, now a museum

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.

Garcia Lorca
Garcia Lorca

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.


We DID it!


We are glowing with pride over the success of Shakespeare in the Park and our production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Tons of pics to come and upcoming plans to be announced fairly soon! A huge hug and kiss to all our supporters, guests, cast, crew and contributers: thanks to you our debut was gorgeous. XOXO