‘Blood Wedding’ is tale of a death-bound love triangle

March 01, 2010

McDaniel College’s Department of Theatre Arts presents “Blood Wedding,” an intensely passionate play based on true events, at 7:30 p.m. March 3-6 in WMC Alumni Hall.

The play is open to the public. Tickets are $7 for adults; $5 for seniors, students, and the McDaniel community.

Directed by Ron Miller, associate professor of Theatre Arts, “Blood Wedding” is a production that thrives on desire and repression. Federico García Lorca wrote this searing drama several years after reading a newspaper account of a young bride who abandoned her husband-to-be on their wedding day to escape with her childhood sweetheart.

This death-bound love triangle propels the story to its unstoppable tragic end as the entire town goes after the lovers in the middle of the night. Lorca’s image-laden poetry unfolds the story with the fire and power characteristic of his work and the fateful resonance that marked his own tragically short life.

“This the second of Garcia Lorca’s plays I have directed, the last being ‘The House of Bernarda Alba,’ several years ago,” Miller says. “The plays provide wonderful opportunities for student actors. They have a range of challenging roles for both women and men.”

Miller says the roles require sound realistic technique, the ability to create with truth the rhythms of domestic life.

“Beyond that, the plays will ascend without warning into a heightened style which requires a poetic diction, movement, and a refined sense of emotion,” Miller adds. “Then later, descend into the darkness of human passion and compulsion, demanding from actors an intense concentration and emotional courage.”

The all-student cast includes Colleen Alford, Brittany Burr, Katie Cooper, Simone Davis, Brady Eisenberg, Anne Hebert, Shelley Hierstetter, Yichong Li, Chris Molloy, Mike McNulty, Brett Myers, Maggie Powell, Ryan Powell, Brandon Senter, Jen Solomon, and Julia Williams. In addition, students are supporting the production as composer/musician (Keith Adams), vocal coach (Brett Myers), costume designer (Katie Cooper) and properties designer (Whitney Arkin).