Snapshot 2: La Casa de Bernarda Alba

I am Martirio, one of Bernarda Alba’s five daughters. I am in my late thirties. My spine is twisted. Like my sisters, I have never been married, never had a suitor. My father has just died, and now begins eight years of mourning under my mother’s oppressive rule.

Martirio means martyrdom, torment, ordeal, torture, suffering, agony. It sounds like martillo, hammer. I am driven by equal measures of love and pain, by envidia and self-righteousness.

You must see this show for Federico García Lorca’s script that opens into new colors and textures each time it is held up to the light, for Salome Martinez-Lutz’s adept direction, for the actors who have opened themselves to their characters, to Lorca, and to one another.

Sandra Marroquín Evans as Bernarda Alba, photo by Alicia Lueras Maldonado

Sandra Marroquín-Evans as Bernarda Alba

Michelle Estrada Allred as Angustias

Michelle Otero as Martirio

Syliva Sarmiento as Magdalena

Monica Rodriguez as Amelia

Alicia Lueras Maldonado as Adela

María Herrera Bustamante as Poncia

Nelly María Kirmer as Criada

Valerie Borrego as María Josefa

This story isn’t complete without you. We’re on at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, one weekend only, October 4-7. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00, Sunday at 2:00. Call 505-724-4771 or visit nhccnm.org for tickets. Do it.

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