Appearing in freeFall’s Bernarda Alba are, front row, from left, Meghan Moroney, Alison Burns, Jennifer Byrne; back row, from left, Bela Aquino, Laura Hodos, Ann Morrison, Georgia Mallory Guy, Kate Young, Sarah McAvoy, Kelly Pekar
ST. PETERSBURG – Bernarda Alba, based on the The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca and adapted into a new musical by John Michael LaChiusa (The Wild Party) opens at freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg on March 15.
Chicago based actress Kate Young stars in the title role. Young was recently seen in Florida Rep’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
The cast also includes Bay area favorite Alison Burns (Rent National Tour, Janet in American Stage’s The Rocky Horror Show), Regional favorite Laura Hodos (Asolo’s Bonnie & Clyde), Jennifer Byrne (Sally in freeFall’s smash hit Cabaret), Ann Morrison (Broadway’s Merrily We Roll Along, LoveMusik), Meghan Moroney (Broadway’s Mamma Mia), Sarah McAvoy (freeFall’s Romeo + Juliet, American Stage’s August: Osage County) Georgia Mallory Guy, Bela Aquino and Kelly Pekar.
Bernarda Alba is directed by freeFall artistic director Eric Davis, and musically directed by Michael Raabe (both of freeFall’s smash hit Cabaret). Tampa Bay Flamenco dancer and teacher Caroline Esparza is choreographer.
After the death of her husband, Bernarda Alba, the dominating mother of five grown daughters, imposes a period of mourning on her household to last eight years. Isolated from the town, and forbidden from forging relationships with men, tension and jealousy mounts within the house. Bernarda Alba reminds us how precious the power to imagine our own future is, how quickly it can be taken away, and how dire the consequences of that loss can be. Combine Lorca’s haunting story with Michael John LaChiusa’s exciting musical score and you have a theatrical event told through the musical passion and power of the castanets, clapping, and stomps of Flamenco.
“Bernarda Alba is to know the absolute best of what musicals can and ultimately must be. It's vital, important, unparalleled work, essential viewing for anyone who truly cares about musical theatre.” – Talkin’ Broadway
“Michael John LaChiusa has done it again. Bernarda Alba is fascinating, riveting, vibrant and exciting.” – Playbill Online
Bernarda Alba runs March 15 through April 7.
Tickets are $39 or $46, depending on seating, with discounts available for students, teachers, seniors and military. "Rush tickets" for $22 are sold on an as-available basis 30 minutes before each show to students and teachers with ID's, and industry artists (show an AEA ID or your name in a printed program).