By Federico García Lorca, Translated by Lillian Groag
Guest Directed by Leda Hoffmann
Inflamed passions of desire and revenge plague two families in a magical countryside. This poetic tragedy focuses on an ill-fated love triangle after an arranged marriage between two wealthy families. The wedding party is ruined by a past lover who kidnaps the willing Bride on her wedding night and escapes to the dark and ominous forest, where The Moon and Death promise a night filled with blood. Desire, repression, and ritual are explored within the constraints of rural society in this surreal tale, inspired by a true story.
Spanish avant-garde playwright, poet and director Federico García Lorca was assassinated by fascists in 1936. His works were censored for nearly 45 years after his death to conceal his homosexuality. In addition to Blood Wedding, his best-known plays Yerma and The House of Bernarda Alba form The Rural Trilogy. They challenge the role of women in society as well as the theatrical conventions of the time.
Lillian Groag (The Ladies of the Camellias; The Magic Fire; The White Rose; Menocchio; War Music) is an award-winning Argentine-American playwright, actor, and director. Her plays have been produced throughout the United States and around the world.
Leda Hoffmann is the artistic director at The Contemporary Theatre of Ohio, a position she’s held since August 2020. Prior to coming to Columbus, she was the artistic director at Chicago’s Strawdog Theatre Company. Hoffmann has directed at theatres and festivals across the country including Milwaukee Rep, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and Renaissance Theaterworks.
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