ITHACA, NY—Deception, yearning and vengeance come to the stage as Ithaca College Theatre presents Federico Garcia Lorca’s tragic drama, “Blood Wedding.” Performances will take place in the Clark Theatre in Dillingham Center on Sept. 27, 29 and 30, October 1, 5, 6 7 and 8th at 8 p.m., as well as on Oct. 2 and 8 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are currently available online at You may call or visit the Dillingham Center Box Office Monday–Thursday, noon–5 p.m.; and Friday, noon–4 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone at (607) 274-3224. Ticket prices range from $8 to $16.

Set in 20th century rural Spain, Lorca wrote “Blood Wedding” after reading a newspaper article about a bride abandoning her fiancé on their wedding day to return to her former lover. Lorca expands on this story, intertwining a mother’s strong love and desire to protect her son from senseless and perpetual violence, and acting on her intuition about the bride’s true intentions.

Poet Ted Hughes’ translation of the original Spanish text maintains the elements of vivid poetry and song throughout, while highlighting its surreal elements. Lorca was a member of the European surrealist movement and a friend and contemporary of painter Salvador Dali.

Director Norm Johnson is staging “Blood Wedding” for the third time in his career, this time in collaboration with student designers. Ithaca College’s production design is led by a team of students including scenic designer Emily Weisbecker ’17, costume designer Victoria Pizappi ’17, stage manager Olivia Ohlsten ’17, assistant lighting designer Teddy Kosciuszek ’19, assistant directors Olivia Dillon ’17 and Nathiel Tejada ’17, and dramaturges Stella Bowles ’17 and Vanessa Reyes ’19.

“In early discussions, a word we threw around was verisimilitude — a word meaning ‘the appearance of being true or real,’” said Weisbecker. “‘Blood Wedding’ is a play influenced by surrealism, and we wanted to acknowledge that style while also creating a world that appears to reference reality: tiles that could be Spanish, costumes that could be from the 1930s, but also could be any time period or place. The scenic design is a marriage of real and surreal, while remaining representative of the story, the characters and the world they live in.”

A nationally recognized professional theatre-training program, the Department of Theatre Arts attracts students from across the globe. Throughout the school year, undergraduate students present all aspects of theatre in a professional model. Visit the theatre webpage for further information.

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Dillingham Center accommodates all patrons. Individuals with special needs are asked to contact (607) 274-3224 to request accommodations as soon as possible.

(Featured Photo: Jose Useche ’17 and Veronica Ortiz ’18 star as Leonardo and The Bride. Photo by Sheryl Sinkow)


Michael Smith

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