CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
Oct. 27, 2010 – “Blood Wedding” will bring to life two families in a semi-mythical rural Spain intricately bound in an unbreakable cycle of murder and revenge Nov. 10-14 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
The Southeast Department of Theatre and Dance will perform “Blood Wedding” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10-13 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre.
“Blood Wedding,” written by Federico Garcia Lorca, is the story of an arranged country marriage between the children of rich landowners. A past lover, himself in a loveless marriage, cannot allow the wedding to happen and spirits the bride away. An entire town goes after the lovers where pursuers and pursue plunge into a realm of deep darkness where the moonlight is not friendly and the forest not shelter enough. The death-bound love triangle at the center of the play fuels these passions to a fever pitch and propels the story to its unstoppable, tragic conclusion.
This production contains adult content.
Dr. Rob Dillon Jr., director of the production and professor of theatre and dance and middle and secondary education, says “Blood Wedding” which features dance and stage combat, puts traditional social roles — bride, wife, mother, son, husband, groom, man, woman — to the test and finds them ‘guilty as charged’ –of oppression, repression, jealousy, vengefulness and so forth.
“Should we admire Romeo and Juliet for their love?” he adds. “Or should we admire them for their death?”
Dillon says the performance will tell the story of men and women trapped in cycles of violence perpetuated by tradition.
Rhodes 101 Stops is the sponsor of this year’s Theatre and Dance Series.
Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at MetroTix.com, keyword “Blood”, or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.