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Framingham High Stages Bilingual Tragedy

Framingham High's entry in the preliminary round of the Massachusetts Drama Festival is the 1930s Spanish play Blood Wedding.

Not one to shy away from difficult issues, Director chose the Spanish tragedy Bodas de Sangre by Federico Garcia Lorca for the high school's entry into the Massachusetts Drama Festival this weekend.

The High School Drama Company will stage Blood Wedding - a bilingual interpretation of the original play, written in 1932, tomorrow night (March 4) at 7 p.m. for the public. Tickets are $10.

The play, written by Lorca, was based on a newspaper article he read about a woman who ran away with her former lover on her wedding day.

The play, interpreted by Framingham High, tells the tale of a bride torn between two lovers and a mother's loss for her sons.

High school student Lauren Stockless has the difficult role of La Madre (the mother) Stockless, during a rehearsal switched between English and Spanish lines effortlessly.

The fludity of the original language of the play combined with translation issues, Wresinski has the students performing the play in not one language but a combination of two languages - English and Spanish.

This may have been difficult for some high schools, but not Framingham, in which some students are native Spanish speakers and some students have been learning Spanish since kindergarten.

It is a powerful and emotional performance. Sex and violence are part of the production, so the performance is for mature audiences.

Chloe Kounadis tackles the role of la novia (the bride) beautifully. Philip da Costa (groom) and Harry Meltzer portray her two lovers. 

The staging is filled with light and dark imagery, including the performances of the light of the moon (Mike Russo) and the darkness of the angel of death (Kiana Woodsom). 

In recent years, Framingham High has performed well at the Massachusetts Drama Festival.

This year, Framingham High is one of 14 hosts sites for the preliminary round Saturday. Three schools from each host site will move on to the semifinal round.

On Saturday, March 5, eight high school productions will compete at Framingham High, including the host. The others are: Billerica High, David Prouty High, Burncoat High, Minnechaug Regional High, Boston Latin High, Malden Catholic High and Beaver Country Day School.

Framingham takes to the stage at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Billerica High opens with Body of Faith at 9 a.m. and Beaver Country Day will close out the day at 5:30 p.m. with a staging of Little Women.

Joe Rizoli March 04, 2011 at 07:22 PM
Joe Rizoli States: The PLAY is a SCHOOL PLAY. ALL members of a FAMILY unit from little ones to grandma should be able to see this play. COLLEGE is the place for these types of plays. Kids should be free to go to ANY school event. Stop this foolishness just because the Rizoli's have an opinion. As to the "Morality" comment that was just plain slander. I would suggest you Mr Berman cast the first Stone here because we try to live right. We aren't perfect by a long shot but your comment was not a good choice of words. Joe Rizoli CCFIILE.com
RMichael Wresinski March 04, 2011 at 07:44 PM
So, you're saying that the educational value of studying advanced material should be sacrificed so that the lowest common denominator can enjoy the play? In that case, let's go back to the above comment about Shakespeare. Should the students not perform these classic works because first graders cannot "enjoy" it? The language and plots would certainly be beyond the comprehension of most young people... not to mention many adults!!! Again, I say that these productions are as much about the further education and gratification of the high school students as it is about providing a fun night out for the family. If that's what you want, go to the circus or MacDonald's Playland where you don't have to put forward any mental effort. The plays by the Drama Company are not presented merely for the jollies of the town; they have some depth and weight to them, too. Also, a very important point is missed here. This play is presented for a state-wide competition. If they dumb down the script they haven't got a chance of moving on beyond the preliminary stage. After all, the Framingham Drama Company has appeared at the state finals six or seven times in the past 10 years and won states. I'd say they know what shows to pick.
RMichael Wresinski March 04, 2011 at 07:50 PM
AND you want to talk about sex and violence. Then stay away from Shakespeare! Let's see there are multiple plots where we have cross-dressing !!!! kings beheaded, inter-racial marriage, teenagers "spending the night" together, histories (talk about boring a young audience!), and let's not forget DONKEY SEDUCTION (Midsummer Night's Dream)!!!!!
John Pearson March 04, 2011 at 08:01 PM
I went to a high school basketball game this year. It was the last home game; the day they invited kids from the youth leagues. They gave them free t-shirts. It was nice. But someone wasn't thinking and they played music with offensive lyrics. Definitely 'MA'. Too bad. The play is different. It doesn't say anything about being 'suitable for the whole family'. I would assume it's a high school event and should be suitable for high school aged kids. PG-13. And it's intended to compete with plays from other schools. I think creativity and progressive themes are appropriate.
Carrie Grove March 04, 2011 at 08:55 PM
John, I completely agree. This is a high school play and the material is appropriate for high school aged children. Families with younger children should check out next week's production of the musical "Footloose" at Walsh Middle School, should be fun for most ages! : )

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