BRIC: Bernarda’s Daughters (work-in-progress)
Event by BRIC.
It’s summer in Flatbush and the Abellard sisters are in the heat of mourning their father, their neighborhood, and what they thought they knew about their lives. Flames in the forms of desire, longing, and family secrets slowly burn in their mother’s house, where it seems there is no one to cool it, in this play inspired by Federico García Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba,” with poetic and literary cues from Kamau Braithwaite, Louise Glück, Mary Ruefle, Toni Morrison, and more. An exploration of private and public grief, Bernarda’s Daughters (work-in-progress) asks when, where, what, and whom do we mourn.
For her BRIClab residency, Diane Exavier worked with director Dominique Rider and other collaborators to interrogate where grief resides in our bodies, in our sounds, in the streets we traverse daily. How does grief make survival possible? How do we live with grief in this city that has absorbed and witnessed the mourning of its countless inhabitants? What might we learn from these daughters, sisters, women who seem trapped in their grief, in their mother’s house, in a city that will no longer hold or see them? How can we use our voices to prepare for the emergencies of grief (and joy)? Bernarda’s Daughters explores all of these questions and more while also experimenting with modes of storytelling that celebrate the aural. This work-in-progress is being shared at BRIClab in anticipation of a full length audio play presentation as part of Off Stage at The New Group, a new venture featuring theatrical expressions in different media.
Writer: Diane Exavier
Director: Dominique Rider