Spanish Tale of Love and Betrayal Sizzles Stage at Southern Miss (with photo)
Monday, March 26, 2007
Contact Angela Kilcrease - 601.266.4988   

Hattiesburg, Miss.
-- Spanish playwright/poet Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding will heat up the Gilbert F. Hartwig stage April 3-5 and 12-14 at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Department of Theatre and Dance will present the timeless tale of love and betrayal, featuring many M.F.A. graduate students in the cast.

Blood Wedding, completed in 1932, premiered in Madrid in 1933. Its popular success was such that Lorca was able to support himself from proceeds stemming from his writing for the first time.

It is a tragedy that plays out the conflict between individual wishes and societal decrees and laws, insofar as two of the central characters, Leonardo and the Bride, were once in love, but due to unknown impediments, were never married. Their tragedy is the tragedy of love missed.

The play incorporates chant, poetry, music, and rhythm, and its action and sets are highly symbolic and stylized. These nonrealistic and highly-theatrical techniques capitalized on drama as a live event.

Artfully directed by graduating M.F.A. directing student Katie McCrary of Hendersonville, N.C., lead cast members include Courtney Brown, Charleston, S.C., as the Bride and Kermit Burns, Charlotte, N.C., playing Leonardo Felix.

The production will be presented at 7:30 p.m. each evening at the Gilbert F. Hartwig Theatre.   Tickets are $5 per person with general seating.  Order tickets online at or call the Southern Miss Ticket Office at 601.266.5418 or 800.844-8425.

Southern Miss actors Courtney Brown (the Bride) and Kermit Burns (Leonardo Felix) are locked together by fate in The University of Southern Mississippi’s production of Blood Wedding, set for April 3-5 and 12-14 in Hattiesburg.  (Southern Miss Theatre Photo by Michele Marshall).

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