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  • Truman to perform 'intense drama'

  • There is only one way to describe Bailey Werner’s character of Martirio in Truman High School’s production of “The House of Bernarda Alba” – sneaky and malicious.

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  • There is only one way to describe Bailey Werner’s character of Martirio in Truman High School’s production of “The House of Bernarda Alba” – sneaky and malicious.
    “She is just plain rude. If she can’t have what she wants, then no one can have it,’ said the senior drama student at Truman High School. “She throws people under the bus if they are in her way, but she makes them tell their own story. She is rude, but she gets them to get themselves into trouble somehow. She knows exactly what she is doing.”
    “The House of Bernarda Alba” is written by Federico Garcia Lorca. His last play, it was completed in the late 1930s, two months before his death. It symbolizes the fascist regime, which Lorca demonstrates through Bernarda and her five daughters.
    The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Truman High School. Admission is $6 in advance and $7 at the door.
    Brandon Johnson, a teacher at Truman, wrote an original percussion score for the play and will accompany the actors. Because the audience will be sitting on stage with the actors, seating is limited. The play is not intended for children.
    “All of their (the daughters) freedoms are taken away, and the mother decides for them all,” director Ron Meyer said. “The students have really grasped onto these feelings and internalized the characters. They are finding the conflict within these situations.”
    Senior Madison Braggs plays Poncia, who is Bernarda’s servant. Braggs said Poncia knows everything that is going on in the house but remains neutral – not a friend to Bernarda, but not an enemy either.
    “This is a very intense play. It is not traditional and is completely off the wall,” Braggs said. “I think the audience will enjoy all of the relationships and the backstabbing. It will really stay with people, and I think that is something they will enjoy.”
    Junior Rachel McGee plays Maria Josefa, a woman McGee describes as a “crazy old lady.”
    “My favorite scene is when I come out and yell at everyone. It’s just plain crazy. I think you see the dynamics between all of the daughters at that moment,” she said. “This is different from anything we have done before. I feel like new experiences are always good for people, and this is a new experience.”
     

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