The House of Bernarda Alba

The House of Bernarda Alba
By Federico Garcia Lorca 
November 2011

Director: Julianne Just
Composer: Chris Porter
Set Design: Simon Harding
Lighting Design: Adam Frank
Costume Design: Jenny Foldenauer
Sound Design: Erik Lehman
Assistant Director: Genevieve Gearhart & Angel Herrera 

Isolated from the town, and forbidden from forging relationships with men, tension and jealousy mounts among the sisters. After the death of her husband, Bernarda Alba, the dominating mother of five grown daughters, imposes a period of mourning on her household to last eight years. Isolated from the town, and forbidden from forging relationships with men, tension and jealousy mounts within the house. The House of Bernarda Alba reminds us how precious the power to imagine our own future is, how quickly it can be taken away, and how dire the consequences of that loss can be.


Written by Lorca just months before his assassination during the Spanish Civil War, The House of Bernarda Alba uses its domestic setting as a metaphor to address larger issues of censorship, self-expression and repression.

"In these troubled times marked by an aggressive, vulgar, simplistic, violent and shallow popular culture, it seems to me that CalArts has managed to nurture a completely different kind of culture ... as this production unveiled. I was witnessing the sophistication of TOTAL theater, a theater that engages the body, mind, emotions, voice, music and dance. A theater that is multi-layered, where actors work 100% of the time, when they are in the spotlight, and when they are in the shadows. ... Here are the people who are striving for excellence, creativity, nuance and sophistication. How good it is to discover another point of light in America today!"
 - Yuval Ron (Oscar winning composer for the film West Bank Story)

Photos by Scott Groller