Two households, both alike in dignity—in rural Spain—are bound by a history of murder and revenge in Federico Garcia Lorca’s classic of 20th century theater, “Blood Wedding.”

“Blood Wedding” will be presented by the West Virginia University School of Theatre & Dance, Nov. 15-16 at 7:30 p.m., and resuming after Thanksgiving break on Nov. 27-30 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m., in the Gladys G. Davis Theatre in the Creative Arts Center.

The only living son of a widow plans to marry the daughter of a neighboring landowner, but the former lover of his intended bride belongs to the family that killed his father and brother. Inspired by a newspaper article detailing a bride being spirited away by her groom’s enemy, the play examines the tragic results of repressed desire pitted against honor and tradition.

“Blood Wedding,” an expressionistic play infused with stylized music and dance, is directed by assistant professor Roger Smart, a new member of the WVU School of Theatre & Dance faculty.

“Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’ provides theatre artists with many challenges, not least because it deals with human beings at the height of their emotions and because of its poetic nature,” Smart said. “The rehearsal process for WVU’s production aims at immersing the actors in the high stakes nature of their character’s lives, while making the language their own. The process is a physical one, which engages the actors’ bodies and their imaginations.”

Originally from England, Smart received his Master of Fine Arts in directing from The University of California, Irvine, and is a 21-year veteran of Chicago’s off-Loop theatre scene, most recently serving as the artistic director of Shattered Globe Theatre for two years before coming to WVU. Smart is a certified associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and his professional directing credits include, “Her Naked Skin” by Rebecca Lenkowicz, “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “The Road to Mecca.” In January, Smart will direct the Midwest premiere of Lucinda Coxon’s “Happy Now?” in Chicago.

The scenic design for “Blood Wedding” is by Professor Bob Klingelhoefer, with assistance by Bachelor of Fine Arts theatre design and technology student Nick Sines. Lighting design is by Professor Alan McEwen, with assistance from Master of Fine Arts student Tim Thistleton, and properties design is by Master of Fine Arts scenic design student Jane Ryan. Costume design is by Master of Fine Arts student Candice Caldwell Day.

The cast of “Blood Wedding” features theater students Brianne Taylor as The Mother, Kyle Walter as Leonardo, McKenna Kirchner as The Bride, and Will Stout as The Bridegroom.

Federico Garcia Lorca, born to a wealthy landowner and his wife in Fuente Vaqueros in the Granada province of Spain, trained to be a composer/musician before discovering his love for poetry. While living in a residence hall in Madrid with notable friends such as the artist Salvador Dal� and filmmaker Luis Bu�uel, he began to have his poems performed in public.

Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” is the first play in his tragic trilogy which includes, “Yerma” (1934) and “The House of Bernarda Alba” (1936). Lorca helped usher in a second Golden Age of Spanish Theater, but was unfortunately executed in 1936 by a Nationalist firing squad during the early stages of the Spanish Civil War.

Tickets for “Blood Wedding” are $20 for the general public and $15 for students and senior citizens. There is a group rate of $10 per ticket for groups of ten or more.

Tickets are available at, the CAC or Mountainlair Box Offices, or by calling 304-293-SHOW.

For more information on this production of “Blood Wedding” please visit, call 304-293-2020, or email

An ongoing rehearsal blog is available on the School of Theatre & Dance website at



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