Bodas de Sangre
Directed by Andrés López-Alicea
Written by Federico García Lorca
translated by Caridad Svich
NEW VISIONS 2017
The New School College of Performing Arts – School of Drama Directing Festival
School of Drama Theater
151 Bank Street, 3rd Floor, New York City
Alexandra Merritt Mathews
Matthew Thomas Scott
Set Design by Libby Stadstad
Costume Design by Rachel Rehome Dozier-Ezell
Lighting Design by Solomon Weisbard
Sound Design by Mark Van Hare
Assistant Direction by Nigel Semaj Barnes
Photos by Joe Loper Photography
A Dystopian World
This production takes place in a contemporary dystopian world. The location isn’t anyplace that we know of today, but is a place that would have major influences and being trapped in 1930’s Spain. Its 2017, but the characters and the location has been trapped in the aesthetics of 1930’s Spain for the past 87 years. It’s conservative, with strong moral values and very close minded. The characters live in this place in order to maintain their own beliefs of what society should be. Progress for this community of people have not moved from the 1930s, building and materials are still from that age, stone/brick/heavy. While the place ages, and clothes are recycled among the people, the community is trying hard to maintain their beliefs. They are stuck in a pattern, in a time, and a location that is resistant to new ideas.
I worked with an expressionistic vision, where I explored the meaning of the emotional experience of the place, costume, lighting, sound and characters. The age of the structure, and the ideas among the community on the outside were effecting how miserable the characters were on the inside. They are stuck holding onto their beliefs because it is all they know, but it prevents them from being who they really want to be. As a director, I explored, expanded, and physicalized in an expressionist way the essence of the text, highlighting the character’s states of mind; provoking the audience to submerge into the darkest place of the psyches of each character.
A creative work before rehearsal process.