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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Blood Wedding" by Federico Garcia Lorca on April 17 through 20 at 8 p.m. in Tustin Theatre.
Directed by Anjalee Deshpande, a new member of the Bucknell theatre faculty, "Blood Wedding" is a modern classic based on a true story of passion and betrayal. The story is based on a newspaper fragment that reported a family vendetta and a bride who ran away with the son of the enemy family.
Individual vs. society
Written in Spain in the 1930s, Lorca's play explores the individual's desires versus society's morals, violence and the institution of marriage.
"'Blood Wedding' tells the tale of lovers whose loyalty to each other means betraying everyone they have ever known and then suffering the consequences," said Deshpande, who chose the play because of its relevance to society as a whole and to the community at Bucknell in specific.
"Who hasn't known the pressures of societal expectation? Who hasn't felt the desire to take a new path? College is a time when our students are really exploring, really questioning who they are and who they want to be.
Tradition and culture
"'Blood Wedding' explores just those themes and takes it one step further. Our production asks the questions: What does it mean to be a member of a community? How does culture serve us and how does it bind us?
"'Blood Wedding' examines the connection between tradition and its purpose in society and how when tradition becomes a knife that severs the soul from its desire, no one is ever safe," she said.
Admission is $8 per person, $6 for senior citizens. Tickets are available in advance from the box office or at the door one hour prior to each performance.
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