Baylor Theatre to Present Spanish Tragedy

April 24, 2009

by Lillyan Baker, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University's theatre arts department will feature "Blood Wedding," Federico Garcia Lorca's Spanish tragedy focused on marriage, betrayal, love and death, at 7:30 p.m. April 28 through May 2, and at 2 p.m. May 3, in Mabee Theatre at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor campus.

"Blood Wedding" is a medley of poetry, family and Spanish culture. The true story begins with a young bride promised to marry her groom in a rural Spanish village. As soon as the wedding vows are exchanged, the bride runs off with another man. Tragedy strikes the village and the only women of the town, including the mother of the groom and the bride, are left to shoulder the responsibility.

"I was drawn to the play because of the truthful depiction of possessed people who didn't have a voice during this time," said Dr. Marion Castleberry, professor in the Baylor theatre department who directs the play. "The interest Lorca has in women who are left to pick up the pieces after tragedy has occurred is his way of portraying 'living death.' In particular the mother of the bridegroom is burdened with carrying on after all her loved ones have passed."

Victoria Eisele, a junior performance studies major from Austin, will star as the bride; Clay Van Winkle, a sophomore performance studies major from Garland, as the bridegroom and Traci Ledford, a performances studies graduate student, as the mother.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, faculty and staff with a Baylor ID. Tickets are available at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center box office and online at www.baylor.edu/theatre.

For more information, contact the box office at (254) 710-1865 or visit the theatre arts department.

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