In this episode, Marlene Forte, Aubrey Hicks, Oliver Mayer, and John Sonego take a look at one of the more influential Spanish playwrights of the early 20th century: Federico García Lorca. We discuss theatre and politics, the staying power of Lorca’s work, and a new adaptation of Yerma coming to LA theatre near you. Listen to a conversation about Latinas and the strength of female characters, sexuality, the politics of theatre, and why you should put your phone down and go see Yerma in the Desert today.
Urban Theatre Movement in Residency at Greenway Court Theatre presents
Yerma in the Desert
11/17 – 12/16
By Oliver Mayer
Based on YERMA by Federico García Lorca
Directed by Edgar Landa & Marlene Forte
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Links and related reading/listening …
@ This Stage Magazine, Playwright Oliver Mayer’s “Yerma in the Desert”
QLife Magazine, Oliver Mayer Preps “Yerma in The Desert” for the Stage
The Advocate, The Secret to Stopping Fascism
Foreign Affairs, Art in the Time of Authoritarianism : Spain’s Cultural Success Under Franco
Op-ed, New York Times, Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts
HowlRound, Equity, Equality, and the Need for Evolution: The state of funding for Latinx Theatre Companies in the City of Angels
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Special thanks to Dean Jack Knott, USC Price and Dean David Bridel, USC School of Dramatic Arts for their support of this interdisciplinary conversation.