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The House of
Bernarda Alba

Directed by Jeffrey Wienckowski

@ Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

November 19 - November 29

About the Play

About the Playwright

After the death of her second husband, Bernarda Alba, a domineering Spanish matriarch, imposes a period of mourning on the five adult daughters. Tension mounts within the household where morality is dictated by the fanatical tyranny of ideology. Menial daily rituals are the only thing that makes the daughters lives bearable while they are slowly eaten alive by their own repression. The House of Bernarda Alba, Lorca's last play, was completed mere months before he was assassinated by the Nationalists in 1936.


Federico García Lorca, Spanish poet, dramatist, musician, artist, and theatrical director, is the most well known modern poet in Spain and certainly the country’s greatest dramatist since the Golden Age. Lorca was one of the 4000 members of the intelligentsia murdered by the Nationalists at the outset of the Spanish Civil War. His remains are presumed to lie with those of fellow victims in a shallow trench among the grove of olive trees adjacent to the Fuente Grande spring.


About the Director

Director Jeffrey Wienckowski is a second-year MFA student. UC San Diego credits: Refraction (BNPF ’09), 1001, (AD) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (AD). Jeffrey is the founder and former Artistic Director of the Sons of Beckett Theatre Company. His S.O.B. directing credits include Waiting for Godot, Mother Courage, Oedipus! (A Vaudeville Musical) and the West Coast Premiere of Nobel Laureate Gao Xingxian's The Other Shore. Other credits: The Dry Hours (East West Players) and Fall (Theatre/Theater).


Director's Vision

Director’s vision: Due to Lorca’s involvement in the “Generation of 1927”, a group of writers who advocated the avant-gardism, and his close association with Salvador Dali, we are looking at the play through a surrealist lens. In using Salvador Dali, Antonio Gaudi and Man Ray as design research, I would like the audience to see Bernarda’s twisted world through Adela’s eyes.

Director’s anticipated challenges: In an inscription at the beginning of Bernarda Alba, Lorca’s states, “This play is intended as a photo-document.” This got me thinking of how a photographer can manipulate our perception choosing what to focus on. What is often overlooked is the importance of what one deliberately keeps out of the frame. My challenge is figuring out how to make the audience feel the oppressive presence of the town’s men who are just “outside the frame.”


About this Adaptation

Adapted by Chay Yew. His plays include Porcelain, A Language of Their Own, Red, A Beautiful Country, Wonderland, Question 27 Question 28, A Distant Shore, 17 and Visible Cities. His other work includes adaptations, A Winter People (based on Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard) and Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba; a musical Long Season; and performance works, Vivien and Her Shadows and Home: Places Between America and Asia. His work has been produced at the Public Theater, Royal Court Theatre (London), Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, Wilma Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Fattore K (Naples), Intiman Theatre, Studio Theatre, Portland Center Stage, East West Players, Cornerstone Theatre Company, Perseverance Theatre, Dad's Garage, La Mama (Melbourne) and TheatreWorks (Singapore). He is also the recipient of the London Fringe Award, George and Elisabeth Marton Playwriting Award, GLAAD Media Award, APGF Community Visibility Award, Made in America Award, AEA/SAG/AFTRA 2004 Diversity Honor, and Robert Chesley Award; he has also received grants from the McKnight Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund and the TCG/Pew National Residency Program. His plays are published by Grove Press. He’s presently editing “Version 3.0,” an anthology of new Asian American plays for TCG Publications. He’s also under commission from Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Writer’s Theatre.


The Cast

The Creative Team

Bernarda Alba- Maritxell Carrero
Adela- Sara Garcia
Martirio- Maren Bush
Augustias- Taylor Shurte
Magdalena- Natalie Birriel
Amelia- Megan Robinson
Maria Josefa- Heather Ramey
Poncia- Anne Stella
Blanca- Erin Bennett
Woman in Mourning
- Polet Bagatourian
Pepe El Ramano- Abel Valdez
Beggar Woman- Nicole Keepers
Women in Mourning- Heather Ramey
 - Annelise Shafer
 - Nicole Keepers
Director – Jeffrey Wienckowski
Production Stage Manager – Tareena Devona Wimbish
Scenic Designer – Colin McGurk
Costume Designer – Sohhee Han
Lighting Designer – Stephen Siercks
Sound Designer – Alyssa Ishii
Choreographer - Rebecca Salzer
Dramaturg — Heather Ramey
Fight Choreographer — Heather Ramey
Asst Director – Anthony Luciano
Asst Scenic Designer - Gaeun Kim
Asst Costume Designer – TBA
Asst Costume Designer — Kevin Nguyen
Asst Lighting Designer — Rebecca Bonebrake
Asst Sound Designer — Blair Robert Nelson
Asst Stage Manager – Emily Hayes
Production Assistant — Juliana Johnson



Thu,Nov. 19,7:00 pm PREVIEW
Fri,Nov. 20,8:00 pm OPENING
Sat,Nov. 21,2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Nov. 21,8:00 pm
Sat,Nov. 28,2:00 pm MATINEE
Sat,Nov. 28,8:00 pm 
Sun,Nov. 29,7:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

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Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


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Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at the Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre.

General Admission


UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni
Association, and Seniors (over 62)


UCSD Students (with ID)


*Preview performance on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 pm is offered at the reduced ticket prices of $15/$10/$8.


Production Photos

Photos by Manuel Rotenberg

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