DON’T MISS THIS SCRIPT: Blood Wedding

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This week’s script recommendation comes from Exxon Mobil Marketing Intern Kristen Kelso.  Find out why she loves Blood Wedding and wants you to read it.

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Blood Wedding is a tragedy by the Spanish poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca. It was written in 1932 and first performed in Madrid in March, 1933 and later that year in Buenos Aires.

This script has passion, betrayal, murder, revenge, loss, and tragedy all perfectly packaged and delivered in Lorca’s gorgeous poetic imagery. The storyline is familiar: a mother watches her son grow into a man, man marries woman, woman is in love with another man, woman succumbs and leaves her now-husband, and violence ensues.

But every time I read it I experience something new.  I want to immerse myself in the play, to participate in the story, to be in the world that Lorca creates. I may be a bit biased: Granada, Lorca’s birthplace and source of inspiration, is one of my favorite cities of all time.  The cobblestone streets and distant sounds of guitar make one feel smack-dab in the middle of a story like Blood Wedding.  The sheer romance of it is thrilling.

If for nothing else, you should read it just for the personification of death and the moon in Act II. It’s beautiful.

In addition to the script, I recommend the 1981 film version, written and directed by Carlos Saura: Bodas de Sangre, where the story is told only through flamenco dancing, and it is just as compelling.

Blood Wedding, as a classic of international theatre, is available in most libraries (including Central Branch of Dallas Public Library) as well as through online vendors like Amazon.

Above: Garcia Lorca.  One of the most celebrated of modern Spanish poets.  He was executed by Nationalist forces in the early days of the Spanish Civil War.

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