Blood Wedding

Part played: The Maid

Playwright: Federico García Lorca

Directed by: Emily Mendelshon, Vassar Farm, NYSAF Powerhouse 2013.

Reflections on the project:

With a very minimal set, no backstage due to the playing space being outside, and a script that was primarily performed through a cappella, this play pushed both my vocal and physical abilities. I loved collaborating with Emily, who was very focused on the symbolism in the play. Since I was playing the only real bit of relief in an otherwise very dark and dramatic play, it was fun to discover different symbolism in my actions. While others were finding their actions embedded in loss and tragedy, I was pushed to find hope and compassion in my actions.

Another thing that pushed me in this production was the amount of singing and physicality. Emily had us singing a large portion of the show, and I’m not typically a singer. Emily and the rest of the cast helped me get past my initial fears of singing, and I finally felt comfortable singing in front of an audience. Emily also used the whole ensemble as the set. We became the representation of trees, of rivers, and at one point we collaborated to create a horse, with a young man riding him.

 

Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Anika Payne as The Maid in Blood Wedding. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Rebecca Brudner as Death, Melanie Thomas as The Mother In Law, Anika Payne as The Maid. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Mike Newman as Leonardo, Anika Payne as The Maid, Madison McGee as The Bride, Rebecca Brudner as Death. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Sofia Feldmann as Ensemble, Anika Payne as The Maid. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Madison McGee as The Bride. Anika Payne as The Maid. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Anika Payne as The Maid. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Anika Payne as The Maid. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Sofia Feldmenn as Woman 1, Adrienne Jackson as Woman 2, Mike Newman as Leonardo, Brett Lawlor as The Father, Nick Tanner as The Groom, Anika Payne as The Maid, Madison McGee as The Bride. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Mike Newman as Leonardo, David Moffat as Man 1, Anika Payne as The Maid, Molly Burdick as Woman 3, Sofia Feldmann as Woman 1. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Madeline Bunke as Leonardos Wife, Anika Payne as The Maid. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon

 

Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Nick Tanner as The Groom, Anika Payne as The Maid, Madison McGee as The Bride. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Mike Newman as Leonardo, Brett Lawlor as The Father, Emily Hecht as The Grooms Mother, Nick Tanner as The Groom, Frankie Gonzalez as The Moon, David Moffat as Man 1, Anika Payne as The Maid, and Madison McGee as The Bride. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Anika Payne as The Maid, Brett Lawlor as The Father, Emily Hecht as The Grooms Mother, Sofia Feldmann as Woman 1, Frankie Gonzalez as The Moon. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon
Blood Wedding Vassar 2013 directed by Emily Mendelsohn
Madison McGee as The Bride, Anika Payne as The Maid, and the Ensemble of Blood Wedding. Photo Credit: Roger Yerdon