By Jacqueline Resendiz Morales
“Blood Wedding,” written by Federico Garcia Lorca, will begin a run in the University Theater this week.
The Theater Department’s take on the classic play blends in musical and dance elements not written into the original script.
Even though there is dancing in the play it is not formally considered a musical, so it’s something unique to the Cal State Dominguez Hills production.
Director Marla Ladd said “Blood Wedding” is about passion and that she interpreted the work in her own way by “adding music and dance that is cultural.” She wanted to include “the concept of the Mexican Day of the Dead.”
“Blood Wedding” is a Spanish work written in 1932.
“When a young bride-to-be receives a visit from a former paramour on her wedding day, a family blood feud threatens the celebration and sparks a deadly dance of love and deception, family and revenge, beauty and betrayal,” according to a notice from the theater department. “Lorca – one of Spain’s most revered and controversial dramatists – dared to pen a seductive tale of passion and vendetta in a rural Spanish community, one that speaks to any heart longing for true connection.”
Choreographer Sarah Cashmore worked to create an “emotive kind of movement” in the characters, as well as a “more gestural kind of movement.”
Performances begin Oct. 6 and continue through 7, 13 and 14. Shows are at 8 p.m. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 8.
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