Performances & Events


Thursday, February 20, 2020 7:30PM
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

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A woman in rural Spain is tragically tormented by her inability to conceive.

Directed by Malcolm Tulip
Department of Theatre & Drama

Reserved Seating $30 and $24 • Students $13 with ID

Yerma is the story of a woman living in rural Spain who is immersed in the constant pressures of society to have children. Her husband of two years, Juan, whom she married to please her father and not for love, has been unable to give her the child she desires. Tormented by the lack of child, Yerma seeks advice from an older woman in the town who tells her of a pilgrimage many barren young women take to help them get pregnant. Despite all of her efforts, Yerma’s journey ends with a tragic act by her own hand. A provoking and heart-rending story, Yerma lays bare society’s expectations through one woman’s struggles between honor and conformity, passion and duty.

Originally written and performed in 1934, García Lorca describes his play as a “tragic poem.” He wrote, “Theatre is poetry that gets up from the page and makes itself human. And when it does that, it talks and shouts, cries and despairs”. Two years after completing Yerma, García Lorca was executed by Nationalists during the Spanish Civil. He is considered to be Spain’s greatest poet of the twentieth century. Many theatre critics believe Yerma to be part of a rural trilogy, along with Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba, two of García Lorca’s more popular plays. Jo Clifford is a Scottish playwright, translator, and performer who, with Great Expectations, became the first openly transgender playwright to have a play running in London’s West End. In the late eighties, Clifford established herself as a leading translator from Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Other works by Clifford include God’s New Frock, Ines de Castro, and The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven.

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
911 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109