Yerma ;  A Conversation with Mark Bennett

6/8/2019 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

After the 2pm performance of Yerma on Saturday, June 8 stay for a post-show conversation with the original music and sound designer for Yerma, Mark Bennett. 

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Mark Bennett (Original Music/Sound Design) has Huntington credits that include Ripcord, A Confederacy of Dunces, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Seagull, Persephone, The Rose Tattoo, and Dead End. Broadway scores include Junk; Macbeth; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Driving Miss Daisy; A Steady Rain; The Coast of Utopia (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play); Henry IV; Golda’s Balcony; and The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?. Off Broadway credits include Nantucket Sleigh Ride and The City of Conversation (Lincoln Center Theater) and An Iliad (Obie Award). Original score credits include eight Shakespeare in the Park productions as well as Socrates, The Seagull, and Dogeaters (The Public Theater and New York Shakespeare Festival); and Mad Forest and My Children! My Africa! (New York Theatre Workshop). Regional credits include productions at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, and Center Theatre Group. Mr. Bennett was the composer for Sam Mendes’ The Bridge Project (Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Old Vic Theatre). He is the recipient of a 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Sound Design, a 1998 Bessie Award, the Ovation Award, the American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award, and 14 Drama Desk Award nominations.

About Yerma

Yerma, a young wife, wants nothing more than to have a child and become a devoted mother. As she watches her friends start their families, she begins to question her own value as a woman. Her desperate desire turns into an all-consuming obsession with devastating consequences. Beloved by Boston audiences, Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez reinvents Lorca’s classic masterpiece, infusing this searing drama with flamenco-inspired music and heart.

Approximate run time: Yerma plays in approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes, with no intermission. Please note: This production includes a smoking pipe effect (100% nicotine free).


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Melinda Lopez“I am profoundly grateful to the Huntington for bringing my adaptation of Yerma to the stage. As the Playwright-in-Residence, I have had the opportunity to deepen my craft as a playwright, and also pursue ideas that have haunted me for a long time — such as Yerma! I have always had a deep love for Lorca, and am beyond thrilled to bring my interpretation of his masterpiece to Boston.”— Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez

Peter DuBois“Melinda Lopez brings such resonance and poetry to Federico García Lorca’s Yerma – hers is the best English translation I’ve read. We are thrilled to bring together two of the Huntington’s most trusted artists, our playwright in residence Melinda Lopez and director Melia Bensussen, to create this new, visceral, and music-infused production of Lorca’s timeless work. Their collaboration promises to lift up the of the essential story of a woman unravelling under the pressures of society, religion, and nature.” — Peter DuBois

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