The House of Bernarda Alba
April 6 – 24, 2022
An Aluna Theatre + Modern Times Stage Company production
Iron-willed matriarch Bernarda Alba decrees eight years of mourning following her husband’s death, enacting a domestic lockdown that cuts her five daughters off from the world outside the walls of their home; but her daughters are women, not children, each hungers for her own place in the world. Their repression only fuels their desires for a life beyond.
The House of Bernarda Alba is Federico Garcia Lorca’s last play. Completed in 1936, it was only months later, in the early days of the Spanish Civil War, that he would be assassinated by Franco’s Fascist militia for his homosexuality and socialist politics.
Lorca’s unique theatrical style confronts naturalism. His compelling female characters mark him as one of the most extraordinary playwrights of the 20th century.
In The House of Bernarda Alba, Lorca explores the force of oppression, the conflict between individual freedom, individual desires and societal conventions and conformity. Modernity and tradition clash, showing the destructive nature of decaying traditions.
image of Nyiri Karakas and Beatriz Pizano by by John Lauener
written by Federico Garcia Lorca
translated by David Johnston
directed by Soheil Parsa
featuring Rhoma Spencer, Lara Arabian, Soo Garay, Monica Rodriguez Knox, Nyiri Karakas, Elizabeth Der, Theresa Cutknife, and Beatriz Pizano as Bernarda Alba
costume design by Angela Thomas
scenography by Trevor Schwellnus
sound design by Thomas Ryder Payne
production manager Patrick Lynn
production coordinator Samantha Vu
stage manager Sarah O’Brien
Wednesday, April 6 // 7:30PM (preview)
Thursday, April 7 // 7:30PM (preview)
Friday, April 8 // 7:30PM (preview)
Saturday, April 9 // 7:30PM (opening night)
Sunday, April 10 // 2PM
Tuesday, April 12 // 7:30PM
Wednesday, April 13 // 7:30PM
Thursday, April 14 // 7:30PM
Friday, April 15 // 7:30PM
Saturday, April 16 // 7:30PM
Sunday, April 17 // 2PM
Tuesday, April 19 // 7:30PM
Wednesday, April 20 // 7:30PM
Thursday, April 21 // 7:30PM
Friday, April 22 // 7:30PM
Saturday, April 23 // 7:30PM
Sunday, April 24 // 2PM
Audience safety and comfort is our top priority. The House of Bernarda Alba will have seating capacity of less than 50%, ranging from 40 to 80 available seats, per performance. See details below, and choose which performance is best for you.
April 6-8: 40-seat capacity
April 10: 70-seat capacity
April 12-14: 80-seat capacity
April 15-16: 40-seat capacity
April 17: 70-seat capacity
April 19-24: 80-seat capacity
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 two decades, 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.
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.
Dates & Times
Sun $15/PWYC (at door)
With awareness of the ongoing and evolving pandemic, we’re selling tickets in a phased rollout, starting with 25% of tickets being on sale. We’re optimistic that we will be able to release more tickets in the future, but this phased release is in an effort to anticipate changes in circumstances and restrictions, and to ensure that those who have purchased tickets are able to attend.
For more information on our COVID safety measures, including our vaccination policy, click here.