Yerma

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Opened Nov 15, 2007
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Yerma is the story of a childless woman living in rural Spain who desperately desires motherhood. Her husband is a frugal, economically driven man who has no desire to have children. For him, children are a costly transaction. Yerma's obsession with motherhood drives her to commit a horrific crime. Her desperation is produced by the social norms of her culture, and the play "Yerma" functions as a critique of those norms. Yerma is part of Lorca's "rural trilogy," three plays that emphasize the submissive position of women who desire freedom in a traditional society which denies them social or sexual equality.

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