October 23, 2001
Pomo's CSUS directing debut
possesses Spanish flair
Pomo says juggling myriad responsibilities as chair of California
State University, Sacramento's theatre and dance department,
combined with the challenge of making his CSUS directorial
debut, is an easy art.
"It's been more than two years since I last directed
a play and it's been very exciting to get back into it,"
Pomo says. "There was a moment of predication because
of the demands of administration work, but once I was back
in the cauldron of directing, I was right at home."
Pomo opens Federico Garcia Lorca's modern Spanish tragedy
Blood Wedding at 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1 in the University
Theatre in Shasta Hall.
"It's one of my favorite modern tragedies," Pomo
says. "As much as I respect Lorca's plays, it is his
poetry that I find most captivating and there is a lot of
poetry in Blood Wedding."
Lorca studied at the University of Madrid and then moved to
Manhattan to study art at Columbia University. He returned
to Spain in 1931 and formed his own theatre company. Composed
mostly of students, the company toured the countryside giving
free performances of the Spanish "Golden Age" classics.
"Lorca had a keen understanding of culture," Pomo
says. "He felt that the peasantry classes could be reached
through theater, through tragedies."
Lorca's company also produced the three "rural tragedies"
on which Lorca's theatrical reputation rests. The first of
these tragedies, Blood Wedding (1933), is based on
a newspaper account of a bride who ran off with her lover
on her wedding night. In this play, Lorca heightens the woman's
conflict by placing her in the middle of an ancient blood
Unfortunately, Lorca was early casualty of the Spanish Civil
War. Intellectuals were considered dangerous by the Spanish
Nationalists, and in the early morning of Aug. 19, 1936, along
with a schoolmaster and two bullfighters, Lorca was shot and
thrown into an unmarked grave.
After his death, Lorca's writings were outlawed and burned
in Granada's Plaza del Carmen. Even his name was forbidden.
The young poet quickly became a martyr, but his plays were
not revived until the 1940s, and certain bans on his work
remained in place until as late as 1971. Today, Lorca is considered
by many to be the greatest Spanish poet and dramatist of the
Pomo says his directorial work on Blood Wedding has been made
easy with a little help from his friends, colleagues and students.
"The actors run the gamut of experience and have been
great," Pomo says. "But I couldn't have done this
without the choreographer Taryn Lewis and the music composer
Blood Wedding runs until Nov. 11 and plays at 8 p.m.,
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The two Sunday matinees
are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 - 12 and are available at the
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