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Holyoke Community College theater group performs “The House of Bernarda Alba”

Members of the HCC Players, Holyoke Community College's Drama Club, in a dress rehearsal for Federico Garcia Lorca's play "The House of Bernada Alba" on stage at the college this month. From left, Dorothy Pam  of Amhers,; Krissa Fondakowski of Easthampton, Erika Leigh of Longmeadow, Rebecca Berliner of Hampden, Adrean Mejias of Westfield and Molly O'Brien  of Springfield.
PHOTO COURTESY OF HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Members of the HCC Players, Holyoke Community College's Drama Club, in a dress rehearsal for Federico Garcia Lorca's play "The House of Bernada Alba" on stage at the college this month. From left, Dorothy Pam of Amhers,; Krissa Fondakowski of Easthampton, Erika Leigh of Longmeadow, Rebecca Berliner of Hampden, Adrean Mejias of Westfield and Molly O'Brien of Springfield. PHOTO COURTESY OF HOLYOKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Purchase photo reprints »

— Two local students at Holyoke Community College are part of the cast that will present Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca’s last play, “The House of Bernarda Alba,” this month.

Dorothy Pam of Amherst and Krissa Fondakowski of Easthampton will join Erika Leigh of Longmeadow, Rebecca Berliner of Hampden, Adrean Mejias of Westfield and Molly O’Brien of Springfield in the Drama Club production slated for Nov. 15 through 17.

Known as the HCC Players, the club presents a full theatre production each semester.

Lorca’s 1936 play is set in a small Spanish village in the 1930s, but explores issues that go well beyond that setting. Director Patricia Sandoval, an HCC alum who teaches theater arts at the college, said she chose the play because it’s one of the most important plays of the 21st century.

“It really speaks to women, said Sandoval, “women who just want love and to be respected and are unable because of societal, family, religious restrictions on their lives.”

“The play is really all about desire,” she added. “That is the most important thing.”

Although the play has only female characters, it is interesting to note that the lead actor of this play is a man — HCC student and Westfield resident Adrean Mejias. Sandoval explained that her choice of actors was based only on their acting skills.

“I was looking for actors who could show vulnerability, because the strength and the anger are already written in the script — but I needed to show more than that,” she said.

“The House of Bernarda Alba” will be performed Nov. 15-17 at 8 p.m. in the college’s Leslie Phillips Theatre, Fine and Performing Arts Building. There will also be a matinee performance on Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for HCC students, faculty, staff.

Tickets will be available at the door or can be obtained in advance by calling 552-2485. The box office will be open an hour before each performance.

High schools around the area are invited to attend a free dress rehearsal on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m., and to take part in a panel discussion and tour of the HCC set design shop.

Live music will be featured in the play, performed by classical guitarist Phillip de Fremery, a music instructor at HCC and Mount Holyoke College.

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