March 11 - 29
Lorca’s Blood Wedding is a classic of 20th Century theatre.
Inspired by a fragment of a newspaper story found by the playwright, it tells the story of a family vendetta that comes to a boil when a bride-to-be runs away with the son of the enemy. As they flee the oppressing forces of their family’s histories, death pursues them through the thick of the forest under the light of the moon.
This story of ill-fated romance serves as the backdrop for a poetic exploration of the conflict between individual desires and social conventions. It pits primal desire against the weight of history, and holds up love as the most powerful and unstoppable force we can harness.
Federico Garcia Lorca is one of the most celebrated and important writers in the Spanish language. His work inspired a generation of artists in Spain and Latin America with its visionary disregard for theatrical conventions of the time and bold explorations of taboo subjects such as class, sexuality, and the role of women.
image of Bea Pizano and Soheil Parsa by Tanja-Tiziana.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre proudly welcomes a Modern Times Stage Company and Aluna Theatre co-production
(Bodas de Sangre)
by FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA
translation by LANGSTON HUGHES
directed by SOHEIL PARSA
starring LARA ARABIAN | STEVEN BUSH | SOCHI FRIED | CARLOS GONZALEZ-VIO | MINA JAMES| DEREK KWAN | JANI LAUZON | SEBASTIAN MARZIALI | LIZ PETERSON | BEATRIZ PIZANO | CHIAMAKA G. UGWU | BAHAREH YARAGHI
designers THOMAS RYDER PAYNE | TREVOR SCHWELLNUS | ANGELA THOMAS
stage manager ERIKA MOREY
producer SUE BALINT
photos by Brian Damude
★★★★★ (out of 5) “One of the best and most vivid shows of 2015…this shouldn’t be missed.”
-Now Magazine (read article)
★★★★ (out of 4) “A marriage of fine acting, riveting text… wonderfully realized and filled with humanity”
-Toronto Star (read article)
“A production throbbing with heat, sweat, lust, uncontrollable passion and exquisite poetry.”
-Lynn Slotkin (read article)
★★★ (out of 4) “A fascinatingly fatalistic production… a quintessentially Canadian approach to the classics – one that isn’t about a nebulous idea of diversity, but simply emphasizes the individuality of the performers.”
-Globe & Mail (read article)
Modern Times Stage Company was founded in the belief that individual voices, experiences and backgrounds can unite in a common vision and create theatre that expresses the essence of a shared human spirit. Since 1989, Modern Times has explored stories from across the globe, producing adapted, translated and original works for audiences in Canada and internationally. Buddies has enjoyed a long relationship with Modern Times, who audiences will remember from their seminal production of Macbeth in 1995 to the more recent Hallaj in 2011.
Aluna Theatre. Founded in 2001 as a response to the misrepresentation and under-representation of cultural diversity on our stages, Aluna Theatre aims to form a new and distinct language of theatrical presentation. For over a decade, Aluna Theatre has been attempting to shift the scales of imbalance by bringing social justice, equality and human rights to the forefront of all productions. For several years, Buddies has partnered with Aluna and their annual Panamerican Routes Festival to bring work to Rhubarb, and they were most recently seen on our main stage in 2010 with their production of La Communion.