Oakland University Theatre Explores Death, Fate, and Freedom with The House of Bernarda Alba

At 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, the theatre program at Oakland University will continue its performance season with a chilling twentieth century masterpiece, The House of Bernarda Alba, by Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca.

As the play begins, Bernarda’s second husband has died. She has imposed an eight year mourning period on her five daughters and forbidden them even to leave the house. Angustias, Magdalena, Amelia, Martirio and Adela grow ever more resentful of their mother’s unyielding power over their lives, and the sexual tension grows to incendiary levels as rumors spread about the intentions of a handsome young man beyond the walls.

L to R: Gabrielle Minchella, Marissa Pattullo, Stefanie Sambrano, Sarah Lautner, Jordan Taylor, Lily Talveski Photo credit: JLBoone Photography

L to R: Gabrielle Minchella, Marissa Pattullo, Stefanie Sambrano, Sarah Lautner, Jordan Taylor, Lily Talveski
Photo credit: JLBoone Photography

The all-female cast, under the direction of Professor Karen Sheridan, will give nine performances, between Thursday, November 10, and Sunday, November 20, two of which will be shadow-signed for the Deaf by Synergy on Stage. Those performances are at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 13 and at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19.

After the Thursday, November 17 show there will be a talk-back with the designers and technicians about how the visual elements of the show were created and developed.

Tickets are $15 general and $8 for students and everyone at the 10 a.m. matinee on Friday, November 18. The production is in Varner Studio Theatre, which is located on the Oakland University campus at 371 Varner Drive. Maps of the campus are available at Oakland.edu/map. Ample free parking will be available in lots 26 and 24.

Tickets may be purchased online without service fees at StarTickets.com or by phone at (800) 585-3737. They can also be purchased at the Varner Box Office on OU’s campus. Tickets ordered online or by phone can be picked up at the box office one hour before the performance begins.

Directions and complete ticket information are available at http://www.Oakland.edu/mtd/tickets.

For more information about Oakland University Music, Theatre and Dance programs and performances, call (248) 370-2030 or visit Oakland.edu/mtd.

Performance dates:

Thursday, November 10 at 8 p.m.

Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. (Shadow signed for the deaf)

Thursday, November 17 at 8 p.m. (Designers and technicians talk-back)

Friday, November 18 at 10 a.m.

Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m. (Shadow signed for the deaf)

Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m.



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