Theatre to stage Spanish drama

By Yael Garcia-Torrescano


The action of Federico Garcia Lorca’s extraordinary 1936 play, “The House of Bernarda Alba,” has been shifted from rural Andalucía in Spain to urban San Antonio when it opens Feb. 19.

“Tensions flare and secrets are revealed in this tale of a widowed Spanish matriarch and her five daughters,” according to a flier promoting the 70-minute, three-act play.

Under the direction of Mark J. Stringham, “The House of Bernarda Alba” focuses on the script’s emotional intensity, and leaves the audience to work out on its own any other implications. Lorca’s theme empathizes the attempt to preserve honor in the face of repression, and the sexual instinct.

Besides Stringham and the actors to put on this play, the Theatre Department has Christopher McCollum, a first-year senior instructor as set designer; Margaret Mitchell, a longtime professor, designing all of the play’s costumes; and guest Robin Crews, who will be designing the lights.

Until now, the University of the Incarnate Word’s Theatre Department has not done a Spanish play in almost five or six years, said Stringham, an associate professor of theatre arts. He said this play was chosen by the department’s election committee which consists of some faculty members and two student representatives.

“We try to give a little bit of variety,” Stringham said. “One of the requirements of choosing a season is that we choose something from a different culture, different country, or different part of the world so that we can understand the human experience — not just in our own neck of the woods, but globally.”


“The House of Bernarda Alba” runs Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 25-27 in Evelyn Huth Coates Theatre at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Admission is free for UIW students, faculty and staff with ID. UIW card-holders also can purchase a ticket at a discounted rate. Otherwise, tickets are $8 for non-UIW students with ID, $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for groups of 10 or more.

For more information, call (210) 829-3810 or e-mail Box Office Manager Chrissie Young at

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