WHAT: Truman High School presents the dramatic play “Yerma,” by Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca (1934), who was assassinated by Spanish revolutionaries a couple years after writing the play. Directed by Ron Meyer.

WHERE: Truman High School performing arts center, 3301 S. Noland Road, Independence.

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $7 in advance at the high school and $9 at the door.

WHAT'S THE SHOW ABOUT: Yerma is a young woman in the countryside of Spain who longs for a child but has not been able to conceive with her hardworking but passionless husband, Juan. She even sings lullabies to her imagined child, and her desire for motherhood manifests as an obsessive preoccupation with her body and its unfulfilled purpose. Eventually, women in town start to gossip about Yerma being childless and having a secret desire for another man works in the fields, Victor. Juan sends for his two sisters to Yerma and seemingly pushes Victor out of the picture by purchasing his sheep. An old woman with supposed powers facilitating pregnancy offers her virile son. Yerma, rejects this out of honor to her husband but then commits a terrible crime when Juan advises her to be content with a childless marriage. (from donquijote.co.uk)


Character: Actor

Yerma: Lizzy Deiter

Juan: Braden James

Maria: Annika Dains

Victor: Andres Mendoza

Pagan woman: Gabbie Petentler

Village girls: Kyleigh Hendrix, Hadley Brillhart

Washerwomen: Andrea Fadler, Kayla Rowland, Aliya Heiken, Shawna Clemons, Eryn Olsen, Anayansi Lopez Osario

Sisters-in-law: Arwen Como, Sabria Whisenhunt

Dolores: Raegan Mountain

Dolores' friends: Aubrey Britt, Emmalee Gilliam

Shrine women: Myel White, Nayeli Figueroa

Lead female dancer: Johanna Mortensen

Lead male dancer: Brock Bristow

Male dancers: Cole Estes, Aaron Chafa, Thanapat Chunaka

Girl dancer: Mia McCluskey

Musicians: Derrick Lee, Mr. Jeremy Meyer, Jessica Smith, Mark Williams

– Compiled by Mike Genet