Visual design for Garcia Lorca's The house of Bernarda Alba

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Orville Kenneth Barnes (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David Batcheller

Abstract: In October, 1967, this designer had to choose a play for a production in partial fulfillment for the M.F.A. degree. In talking with another graduate student in the directing-acting sequence a collaboration was established to produce The House of Bernarda Alba. The play offered several challenges to the designer. Here was an opportunity to produce a tragedy of some magnitude contained in a script of theatrical merit. Especially, it afforded an opportunity to deal in a style of design other than realism, free to utilize abstraction and symbolism in design elements. Finally, from a financial standpoint, a single set show fitted more realistically into the budget alloted to this thesis production. This chapter will deal with the following: (1) the sociological background of Lorca's Spain, (2) the playwright, (3) the play, and (4) the visual design approach. This last heading will be further broken down into the following sub-headings: (a) setting, (b) costumes, and (c) lighting.

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Language: English
Date: 1969
Garci´a Lorca, Federico, $d 1898-1936. $t Casa de Bernarda Alba
Garci´a Lorca, Federico, $d 1898-1936 $v Adaptations
Theaters $x Stage-setting and scenery
Stage lighting

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