The House of Bernarda Alba







The House of Bernarda Alba

Shows and Info:

Season: Tuesday, September 22, to Sunday, October 3, 2009

Shows:Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm

Venue: Papermill Theatre (67 Pottery Road)

NewTeatro Theatre Company is proud to present The House of Bernarda Alba, presented in English, by renowned Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. The House of Bernarda Alba features an all male cast and direction by Venezuelan director Francisco Orta.
Bernarda, a 60 year old woman who wields total control over her five daughters, has just buried her second husband. In line with family tradition, she has imposed a severe eight year mourning period on her daughters. The women highly object to the order but have no choice but to obey their mother’s wishes. What follows will leave audiences profoundly moved.
The House of Bernarda Alba is one of the most celebrated Hispanic plays in the world. Written the year Lorca was killed, it expresses the cost of repressing the freedom of others and explores themes of love, passion, pride and violent death. The all female cast of characters have been cross-cast to give the audience a fresh perspective into the lives and suffering of women. The House of Bernarda Alba is humorous, deeply touching and at its core, a heart breaking tragedy.

Each performance will be preceded by readings of selected poems by Lorca and spoken above a score of traditional “Canto Ondo” music. This presentation of some of Lorca’s greatest written works together, in one theatrical event, is not only a unique offering, but a rare treat for Toronto audiences.

Featuring a multicultural cast of established and emerging Toronto talent and infused with the Latin flair of Orta, this tragic-comedy will expose Toronto audiences to Latin American Theatre, the brilliance of Lorca and ignite a spark as only Latin culture can.

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Julio Ospina
Peter Nelson
Charles Hayter
Maria Josefa / La Poncia
Colin Murphy
Isai Rivera Blas
B.J. Jeroy
David Occhipinti
Servan / Prudencia
Will Petker
David Perez
Beggar Woman
Christopher Sawchyn
Choreographer and Musical Director

Christopher Sawchyn has been active in the industry for over twenty years. As an actor, singer, dancer & physical comedian he has performed both live and onscreen in Canada, the US & overseas.
As a teacher, he has been on the faculty of both the Toronto Film School since 2005 and the new acting program at Seneca College since its 2009 inception. Christopher’s been instrumental in creating structure for both programs. He has taught Acting, Movement, Clown, Improv & Stage Combat both to actors as well as animators. Christopher has introduced VIEWPOINTS to both curriculums with much success.

Additionally, he’s taught theatre arts for CanStage, DramaWay & the ISB in Brussels, Belgium. Christopher has taught workshops from Edmonton, AB. to Cornwall, ON. and was recently a teaching artist with Join the Dance Canada for several years. A founding member of Teatro Scaramouche,
Christopher has joined his fellow artists in bringing original productions and workshops to high school students in the GTA.

Mr. Sawchyn has been an associate artist for New Teatro since its inception and has enjoyed a few seasons with Mirador Productions as Director and Choreographer. Other choreography credits include the companies’ Rogue & Peasant and The Specials.

Currently, Christopher is directing/choreographing a musical comedy for the Toronto Fringe called A Depper Kind of Love (Kat & the MP3 productions) and, yes, it’s about Johnny Depp.