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Although it was created in the very near past, this play by Lorca is already a classic and like all “classic” plays, it grows day by day, offering us different facets in step with the changes in society.
What does this “drama of the women of the villages of Spain” have to say to today’s spectators? To start with, it addresses the position of women in society, with their glass ceilings, their wage differences and their physical vulnerability in the face of violence, wherever it comes from, because, without being aware of it - or perhaps being only too aware of it - Bernarda occupies the role of authority, the wielding of economic power, and the representation of the established order.
And that might well be the best reflection on or reading of the play from today’s vantage point in the 21st century. Where does it come from, that established power that seems so immutable no matter what appearance it takes on?
And we thought that Lorca was talking about our ancestors. The roots of the story of Bernarda and her daughters, just like our own story, date back to before they were born. Deep, twisted roots of very distant origin, perpetuated by who knows what obscure interests. An ancestral origin sustained by fear. Bernarda fears that everything will change and that this change will make her lose her apparent and imposed entity; she fears that she won’t know what to do with a genuinely vital essence that would unbalance her and that is why she steadfastly sticks to the rules she was brought up with. Much the same could be said about her five daughters, stuck without choice in an inflexible and barren yet comfortable, anaesthetic and illiterate world that erases them and for which they sell their freedom, with the exception of Adela and María Josefa ... whose attempt to fulfil herself led to death and insanity.
A play about our ancestors who neither understand nor feel compassion towards the being they have created. Just as Saturn devoured his sons, Bernarda is devoured by and devours her desires and those of her daughters - and, as a consequence, their lives.
Can our ancestors still devour us today? Do we know how to recognise them, how to tell the difference between those who help us to grow and those who destroy us?
What is the price of the need for such a rupture today?
Are we willing to pay that price?
José Carlos Plaza
By Federico García Lorca
Dramaturgy and Direction: José Carlos Plaza
With: Ana Fernández, Ruth Gabriel, Mona Martínez, Zaira Montes, Rosario Pardo, Montse Peidro, Marina Salas y Consuelo Trujillo
Set and lighting design: Paco Leal
Costume design: Gabriela Salaverri
Assistant Director: Jorge Torres
A production byFaraute Producciones
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