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Theater Emory explores intense emotions, societal constraints in ‘Blood Wedding’

Theater Emory will bring “Blood Wedding” by Federico García Lorca to the stage in November, with a version translated by the legendary Langston Hughes and adapted by Melia Bensussen.

The production opens Thursday, Nov. 9, in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater on Emory University’s campus. The run closes Sunday, Nov. 19.

This powerful tragedy, set against the backdrop of a repressive society, delves into the complexities of love, gender roles and isolation. In the heart of this dramatic narrative, the Girl finds herself torn between two passionate men: the Boy who loves her and her first love, Leonardo.

In “Blood Wedding,” García Lorca’s masterpiece, the audience is transported to a world of intense emotions and societal constraints. Hughes’s translation of this timeless classic enhances the poetic resonance of the original text, breathing life into the characters and their heart-wrenching dilemmas.

Under the direction of Lee Osorio, a cast of professional actors and students bring the depth and nuance of “Blood Wedding” to life.

“This production will feature all female, non-binary and primarily global majority performers because female-identifying, queer and global majority communities — and especially those with intersecting identities — disproportionately bear the burdens of the violence of capitalism,” Osorio says.

“’Blood Wedding’ is the story of how our attempts to deny and control that which is most human, most wild and animal, within us only lead to a perpetuation of cycles of fear and violence,” Osorio says. “Through the story of the bride, we see how attempts to silence love in order to accumulate wealth and power lead to tragic consequences.”

Tickets are available online or at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts’ box office. Closed captioning is available for performances on Nov. 10, 15 and 19.

This version of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” is produced by special arrangement with The Gersh Agency and Casanovas & Lynch Literary Agency on behalf of The Estate of Federico Garcia Lorca.


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