SET DESIGN CONCEPT
Blood Wedding by Federico García Lorca
As a Bride is prepared for her upcoming nuptials, the community around her examines the hopes and fears they have tied to this union, and passions begin to simmer. The Groom’s mother mistrusts her future daughter-in-law, while the Bride’s former lover Leonardo -- now with a family of his own -- cannot stand the thought of her marrying another. Caught between custom, duty, and desire, the Bride runs off with Leonardo during her wedding celebration, leading to a bloody confrontation that leaves her more confined than ever.
My design for this piece was inspired by the idea of marriage as ritual, the work of Antoni Tàpies, and a vision of a crushed persimmon. This work felt ripe for producing in the round, reflecting the Bride’s objectification even as she imagines she has agency.
Designed for Arena Stage's Fichandler Theater space in Washington, DC.