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Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding)

The Swarthmore College Department of Theater presents:

Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding) by Federico Garcìa Lorca
Fri & Sat, April 16 & 17, 2010 at 8 pm
Sun, April 18, 2010 at 3 pm Frear Ensemble Theater Lang Performing Arts Center Free and open to the public Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding) is the Honors Directing Thesis of McFeely Sam Goodman ’10. The production features a new English language adaptation by the director.

Federico Garcìa Lorca’s Bodas De Sangre is a play of poetry and passion that draws on traditions of Spanish folklore and Spanish surrealism. When the Bride, engaged to the Groom but in love with Leonardo, the son of an enemy family, runs off with Leonardo on the wedding night, the Groom must pursue them into the forest where the chase reaches its bloody conclusion. The Groom’s Mother, who has already lost a son and a husband to the blood feud between her family and Leonardo’s, predicts the events of the play with a combination of dread and perverse satisfaction.

Set in a bizarre Las Vegas wedding chapel that is both futuristic and evocative of movie theaters of the 20s and 30s, this production follows a group of punkish neo-flappers driven by the same deadly passions that curse Lorca’s protagonists as they live their own disastrous wedding through Lorca’s text.

McFeely Sam Goodman ‘10 directs the production. Original music is composed and directed by Jamie Birney ‘10. The design team includes: Tara Nova Webb ’94 (set and media); Samantha Panepinto ’13 (costumes); James P. Murphy (lighting); Daniel Perelstein ’09 (sound); and Logan Tiberi-Warner ’11 (hair and make-up). Logan Tiberi Warner ’11 also worked as dramaturg on the production. Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding) features Jane Lief Abell ’11, Jamie Birney ’10, Nell Bang-Jensen ’11, Melissa Cruz ’10, Nolan Gear ’12, McFeely Jackson Goodman ’13, Eric Holzhauer ’10, Sirkka Natti ’11, Anna Ramos ’13, Miriam Rich ’11, and Carson Young ’10. The faculty advisor is K. Elizabeth Stevens.

All performances are free and open to the public without advance reservations. For further information about the production, contact Liza Henty-Clark at (610) 328-8260 or

Melissa Cruz '10 (The Mother in Law), Nell Bang-Jensen '11 (The Wife). Photo by Steve Weinik.

Carson Young '10 (The Groom), Miriam Rich '11 (The Mother). Photo by Steve Weinik.

Eric Holzhauer '10 (The Father), Sirkka Natti '11 (The Maid), Jane Abell '11 (The Bride), Anna Ramos '13 (Woman), Nolan Gear '12 (Youth). Photo by Steve Weinik.

Jane Abell '11 (The Bride), Jackson Goodman '13 (Leonardo). Photo by Steve Weinik.

Miriam Rich '11 (The Mother), Anna Ramos '13 (Woodcutter #1), Jane Abell '11 (The Bride), Nolan Gear '12 (Woodcutter #2), Nell Bang-Jensen '11 (The Wife). Photo by Steve Weinik.

Melissa Cruz '10 (The Mother in Law), Nell Bang-Jensen '11 (The Wife). Photo by Steve Weinik.

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