Mercyhurst Theatre Program: Doña Rosita the Spinster
Taylor Little Theatre
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Friday, April 13, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 2:00 pm
By Federico García Lorca
Translated and Adapted by Nilo Cruz
Directed by Brett D. Johnson
A spirited young woman full of life, Doña Rosita spends over two decades waiting for her fiancé to return from abroad and marry her, finally losing all hope as the years pass her by. Set in Granada, Spain, the play draws symbolic parallels between Doña Rosita and the magically transformative nature of the rosa mutable, which blossoms, withers and dies in a single day. First performed in 1935, Doña Rosita was greeted as one of the playwright’s finest achievements and remains a classic of Spanish theatre.
Federico García Lorca (1898-1936) is widely considered to be Spain's most important poet and playwright. He and his close friend Salvador Dalí took the literary and artistic worlds by storm in the 1920s with their daring explorations of desire, sexuality and surrealism. The publication in 1928 of Romancero gitano (Gypsy Ballads), a poetry sequence inspired by the traditional Spanish ballad, catapulted Lorca into the national spotlight. In the early 1930s, he helped inaugurate a second Golden Age of the Spanish theatre with his folk drama trilogy: Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding), Yerma and La Casa de Bernarda Alba (The House of Bernarda Alba). Despite the threat of a growing fascist movement in his country, Lorca refused to hide his leftist political views or his homosexuality. In August 1936, he was arrested at his country home in Granada, imprisoned and executed by a firing squad, an early martyr of the Spanish Civil War.
MU student (with ID): $5