The House of Bernarda Alba

directed by Michel Chahade


Upon her second husband's death, domineering matriarch Bernarda Alba imposes an eight-year mourning period on her household, as per her family tradition. Bernarda has five daughters, aged between 20 and 39, whom she has controlled inexorably and prohibited from any form of relationship. The mourning period further isolates them and tension mounts within the household. Bernarda's eldest daughter Angustias inherited a large sum of money from her father, Bernarda's first husband, but Bernarda's second husband has left only small sums to his four daughters. Angustias' wealth attracts a young, attractive suitor from the village, Pepe el Romano. Her sisters are jealous, believing that it's unfair that Angustias, plain and rather sickly, should receive both the majority of the inheritance and the freedom to marry and escape their suffocating home environment. Youngest sister Adela, stricken with sudden spirit and jubilation after her father's funeral, is stricken when she discovers that Angustias will be marrying Pepe. While he publicly woos the older sister for her money, he courts the younger for her beauty in secret. But in a house with five sisters, a despotic mother, a grandmother locked in her room, and servants that hear everything, no affair can stay hidden for long. In rural Spain, where a woman's purity is second only to her wealth, love will do anything to escape, even if that means destruction.


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Theatre/Venue The Secret Theatre 

44-02 23rd St.  Queens

Phone Number for Reservations (718) 392-0722 
Website for reservations  
Running time 1hr. 40min. 


Producing Organization: Bedlam Ensemble  
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