'Bernarda Alba' Theater Latte Da


Bernarda Alba

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Jan. 15-Feb. 15
7:30 p.m.
Every Sat. and Sun. from Jan. 19-Feb. 16
2 p.m.

The House of Bernarda Alba by Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca might seem like an odd fit for a musical treatment. The tragic tale follows a widowed matriarch whose extreme distrust of the outside world leads her to impose stringent control over her five daughters. But contemporary playwright/composer Michael John LaChiusa found inspiration for melodic longing with his fascinating adaptation, Bernarda Alba. Delving into a family where youthful desires have been repressed, LaChiusa found an ideal scenario for characters to express their passion through music and dance. Bernarda Alba utilizes propulsive Spanish rhythms to revitalize a work that recalls its cultural background, even as its impact resonates in the here and now. Directed by Crystal Manich, this Twin Cities premiere by Theater Latte Da is further complemented by an all-female cast led by Regina Marie Williams.