Yerma ;  A Conversation with Isabel Alvarez Borland

6/29/2019 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

After the 2pm performance of Yerma on Saturday, June 29 stay for a post-show conversation with Isabel Alvarez Borland.

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Isabel Alvarez Borland is distinguished professor of arts and humanities in the department of spanish at the College of the Holy Cross. She joined the spanish department in 1981. Ms. Alvarez Borland's research interests include U.S. Cuban and Latino literature, Cuban literature, Caribbean literature, and contemporary Latin American narrative. Her books include Cuban-American Literature of Exile: From Person to Persona (1999) and   Discontinuidad y ruptura en Guillermo Cabrera Infante (1982). Ms. Alvarez Borland also co-edited Negotiating Identities in Cuban American Art and Literature (2009) and Identity, Memory, and Diaspora (2008). She is currently an associate editor of Hispania and was co-director of the 2006 NEH Seminar for College Teachers: Negotiating Identities in Art, Literature and Philosophy: Cuban Americans and American Culture. She has published over forty articles on Cuban and Latin American Literature in prestigious scholarly journals.    

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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