• October 13
  • Wright Theater, Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College , Keene
  • October 13, 2018
  • Category: Theater & Dance: Plays

Event Details

  • October 13, 2018
  • 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • $6-&12
  • $12 General Public / $8 Seniors & Youth / $6 KSC Students
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Event Description

The Butterfly's Evil Spell

Keene State College Department of Theatre and Dance presents Federico Garcia Lorca ‘s The Butterfly’s Evil Spell, translated by James Graham Lujan and Richard O'Connell. Performances are at 7:30 pm on October 9, 2018 – October 13, 2018, and at 2:00 pm on October 13, 2018, in the Wright Theatre. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and youth, and $6 for KSC students. For tickets, call the Redfern Box Office, 603-358-2168 or order online at keene.edu/arts/redfern. Directed by Jacob Lavoie a Theatre and Dance major at Keene State College in his senior year, The Butterfly’s Evil Spell was written by one of Spain’s most prolific poets and playwrights, Federico Garcia Lorca. James Graham Lujan and Richard O'Connell’s translation of this 1919 Spanish play provides a contemporary audience with a dynamic connection to Lorca’s first play. The story begins with a search for love by two young beetles, Sylvia and Boybeetle. Boybeetle ignores societal pressures and refuses to abandon his poetic ideas of love upon meeting a magnificent Butterfly. Boybeetle’s behavior and refusal to marry Sylvia solicit outrage from his mother Dona, and his Coleoptera neighbors. Amidst his dew and poppy, false hope prevails in Boybeetle’s quest for the seemingly unattainable Butterfly’s love. “The Butterfly’s Evil Spell is a bawdy parody of human life,” says Lavoie. “Lorca creates a balance of farcical caricatures within the framework of a fractured society represented by insects.” Lavoie investigates Lorca’s plea for tolerance drawing inspiration from the intensely personal relationship between Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca. Lavoie feels, “There are parallels found within the text that represents Dali and Lorca’s relationship.” In a 1986 letter to the editor of EL PAÍS, a Spanish newspaper, Dali describes his relationship with Lorca as, “an erotic, tragic love, out of the fact of not being able to share it.” The world of this production thematically embraces Lorca’s poetic language providing a surrealistic representation of the world in which the beetles live. Professor Celine Perron’s fantastical set design captures and reflects the movement of Lorca’s language. Keene State College alumni Betsy Rugg-Hinds designs costumes and Craig Lindsay, Department of Theatre and Dance, designs lighting. Assistant Professor Jeannie-Marie Brown serves as Jacob Lavoie’s faculty advisor and sound designer. The Butterfly’s Evil Spell is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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