CalArts School of Theater presents 'The House of Bernarda Alba'
Federico Garcia Lorca explodes romanticized ideas of family in rural Spain
October 27, 2011, Valencia, CA - The House of Bernarda Alba, by Federico Garcia Lorca, invites audiences into a world of domestic imprisonment. Directed by Julianne Just, The House of Bernarda Alba will be performed at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) School of Theater from Friday–Saturday, November 11–12, and Tuesday–Saturday, November 15–19 at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday, November 12. Performances will be held in the Walt Disney Modular Theater on the CalArts campus (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia 91355). General admission is $10.00 and $2.00 for CalArts students and associates with valid ID. For reservations, please visit www.calarts.edu/calendar.
After the death of her husband, Bernarda Alba, the dominating mother of five grown daughters, imposes a period of mourning on her household to last eight years. Isolated from the town, and forbidden from forging relationships with men, tension and jealousy mounts within the house. The House of Bernarda Alba reminds us how precious the power to imagine our own future is, how quickly it can be taken away, and how dire the consequences of that loss can be.
Written by Lorca just months before his assassination during the Spanish Civil War, The House of Bernarda Alba uses its domestic setting as a metaphor to address larger issues of censorship, self-expression and repression. This is a world in which “we are unable to be who we truly are,” said director Julianne Just.
Julianne Just, a MFA candidate in directing at CalArts, started her professional career working for the Juilliard School of Drama. She later went on to co-found Mir Productions, an interdisciplinary theater company based in New York. There she directed The M Game, Fetish by Joyce Wu, The Mary Trilogy by Adrienne Dawes, and 15 Minutes of Fame—a devised physical theater piece engaging the philosophies of Andy Warhol using found text from reality TV. Just has worked in various capacities for Ping Chong and Company, La MaMa Etc., Wide Eye Productions, Collaboration Town, and Pig Broach. She holds a BA in Theater and Dramatic Literature from Sarah Lawrence College.