Modern Times Stage Company and Aluna Theatre reunite to co-produce THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA by Federico Garcia Lorca and directed by Soheil Parsa.
Beatriz Pizano, Aluna Theatre’s Artistic Director, stars in the titular role. Pizano is joined on stage by; Lara Arabian, playing Angustias; Theresa Cutknife, playing Amelia; Liz Der, playing Martirio; Soo Garay, playing Maid and Prudencia; Nyiri Karakas, playing Adela; Monica Rodriguez Knox, playing Magdalena; and Rhoma Spencer, playing Poncia.
In THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, the iron-willed matriarch Bernarda Alba declares eight years of mourning for her household following her husband’s death. This domestic lockdown cuts her five daughters off from the outside world, which in turn fuels their desires for a life beyond their confines. Modernity and tradition clash, showing the destructive nature of decaying traditions. The show explores the forces of oppression, the conflict between individual freedom, desires, societal conventions, and conformity. Despite being written almost a century ago, this piece resonates with the patriarchal struggles society still faces to this day.
Beatriz Pizano spoke with me just before starting rehearsals this week about the new production of this very poignant play. We had a wonderful conversation, which I am happy to share with you.
Performances for THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA run Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm until April 24th at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Please note, the theatre will be running at 50 per cent capacity and will be requiring proof of vaccination. Tickets start at $20 and are available now online on the Buddies in Bad Times website.