Yerma  Humanities Forum with Helen Freear-Papio

6/23/2019 South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Join Huntington panelists for an in-depth discussion about Yerma, following the 2pm matinee performance on Sunday, June 23. Admission is free with the purchase of a ticket to any performance of Yerma.

This Humanities Forum will feature Helen Freear-Papio.

Professor Helen Freear-Papio is a senior lecturer in spanish and the director of the Foreign Language Assistants Program at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Massachusetts. With her colleague, Professor Ellen Lokos, she also co-directs Uni2ACT, a bilingual theater troupe whose student-actors write, produce, and perform original works that tackle thorny issues on campus and in the world. Past plays have covered topics like microaggressions, racism, sexual assault, and identity (LGBTQIA+). At Holy Cross, Professor Freear-Papio teaches all levels of Spanish language and literature and she offers a popular senior seminar devoted to Federico García Lorca. Students study Lorca’s plays, poetry, letters, and essays in the context of the political unrest of 1930’s Spain. Professor Freear-Papio’s research area is contemporary Spanish female playwrights and she focuses on the construction of female identity, female authorship and retellings, gender violence, alterity, historical memory, and myth. She has published over thirty articles and critical reviews on Diana de Paco Serrano, Gracia Morales, Itziar Pascual, Beth Escudé, Juana Escabias, Carmen Resino, and Concha Romero

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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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