Thursday, November 8, 2007

'Yerma' opens tomorrow in Page

By Abby Zimmer
Copy Editor

The tale of a young woman’s inability to bear a child despite her deep yearning for one will be told by Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre Arts in “Yerma,” opening tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre.

The tragedy, written by Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, reflects on the role of women in Spain in the 1930s. Yerma, played by sophomore Ali Fisch, explores all options in attaining a child, feeling that she is less of a woman without one. These options include praying to saints in the graveyard at night and attending a fertility ritual.

Director Judy Myers, chair of the theatre arts department, incorporates the spanish language into her adaptation of Lorca's poetic text, which also contains symbolism.

Myers asked John Reed, Ph.D., chair of the modern/classical languages department, to consult the actors on their Spanish lines. Myers also collaborated with Reed when she directed Lorca’s “House of Bernarda Alba” five years ago. This play, along with “Yerma,” is part of a trilogy, which Myers hopes to complete soon by directing “Blood Wedding.”

Fisch plays opposite sophomore Bill Ronchak, cast as her husband, Juan; sophomore Phillip Thomas is cast as her would-be lover, Victor; and sophomore Caitlin Murphy is cast as her best friend, Maria.

Myers praises the “beautiful” design work done by Technical Director Kit Mayer, costumes by Professor Brother Tom Houde, and lighting by alumnus Jason Underferth.

Performances will also be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and Monday, Nov. 12, with a matinee at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11.

Tickets can be purchased for $8, $6 for students and seniors, at the Performing Center Box Office, ext. 1715, or online at

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