"Spanish Poetry, Freedom and Light"
by Maureen Mckarkiel for remotegoat on 05/05/18

There are reoccurring symbols in the work of Federico García Lorca that convey the struggles and dreams of his fictional protagonists and beloved Spain. The play, Verde, Agua y Luna, (Green, Water and Moon) examines them in more detail.

Writers and principal actors, Maria Estévez-Serrano and Luis Gayol, use Lorca’s most revered compositions juxtaposed with the writer’s imagined incarceration and final days before he is executed at the end of the Spanish Civil War, to aid further analysis.

Green signifies suppressed sexuality, water freedom and the moon, a harbinger of death. The oppression and claustrophobia of Bernarda Alba and her daughters is captured by living ‘in a village with no river; a village full of wells where everyone drinks water but where everyone is fearful it’s been poisoned’. Youngest daughter, Adela, shows her sexual longing and dreams of escaping her confines by wearing a treasured green dress. Such imagery is used to make similar points in Lorca’s other masterpieces, Yerma and Blood Wedding.

Estévez and Gayol’s performance in the original Spanish lends the piece an intensity which illustrates the desperation and doom of the characters, Lorca and ultimately Spain.
Highly recommended.

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