UC Davis Granada Artist in Residence Juliette Carrillo presents a new interpretation of Federico García Lorca's seminal 1936 drama "The House of Bernarda Alba," based on a new adaptation by Chay Yew.
Lorca called his play "a drama of women in the villages of Spain," and he completed it just two months before his death during the Spanish Civil War. The story is centered on an Andalusian household of women who are forced into a period of eight years of mourning by the overbearing family matriarch, Bernarda Alba. She wields authoritarian control over her five daughters who live in the home.
Carrillo includes dance and song in the production, which is inspired by duende, the Spanish sense of soul often seen and felt in the art of flamenco. In the Main Theatre, Wright Hall, University of California, Davis.
Performances are 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $17 and $19 for adults, $12 and $14 for students, children and senior citizens. Call (530) 754-2787 or, for toll-free help, (866) 754-2787.
Mosh pit theater
Resurrection Theatre puts a "Sid and Nancy" spin on their version of "Romeo & Juliet," adapted and directed by Nina Collins.
Collins says: "Like a three-minute and four-chord punk-rock song, we've made it 90 minutes and 10 characters. It is full of punk music, and I think it is a fresh take on an old standard."
The production features Brennan Villados and Lia Rose as star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet, plus Elizabeth Holzman and Jay Patrick in the critical roles of Mercutio and Tybalt. Jes Gonzales is the Friar with a really bad plan and Jeffrey Lloyd Heatherly is the angry dad, Lord Capulet.
At the Artisan, 1901 Del Paso Blvd. The last two performances are 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Tickets are $12-$15. Contact: (916) 838-0618, www.resurrection theatre.com.
Frankly, my dear
Big Idea Theatre presents Ron Hutchinson's "Moonlight and Magnolias," a farcical look at the more or less actual events leading up to the filming of "Gone With the Wind."
The story concerns the larger-than-life David O. Selznick, the Hollywood producer who more or less screen-tested every woman in Hollywood while searching for his idea of the perfect Scarlett O'Hara.
In Hutchinson's play, Selznick locks director Victor Fleming and screenwriter Ben Hecht in his office for five days to hash out the final draft of the screenplay. Hilarity ensues. Jouni Kirjola directs here with Benjamin T. Ismail, Kirk Blackinton, Gay Cooper and Justin D. Muñoz in the cast.
8 p.m. today, Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Also Thursday to March 24. Tickets are $13-$15, $10 on Thursday. At the Big Idea Theatre, 1616 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento. Contact: (916) 960-3036, www.bigideatheatre.com.