Film is a director’s medium, but the stage is still owned by the actor.
This is the case in the upcoming double bill of Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba, which opens 26 May.
Nick Dereza directs both plays, which will run back to back each night at the Prospect Playhouse starting with the opening night performance at 7pm.
“Both plays are about breaking out from the conventions that are placed on us by society and a sense of enclosure,” he said. “However, in terms of staging, style and writing, they are poles apart – I wanted to create a double bill that would give the audience a very different evening and experience to take away.”
The cast was assembled over a month ago and has been in rehearsals for the past several weeks.
Kelly Rooney plays Poncia in The House of Bernarda Alba, which has an all- female cast.
“Poncia is very two dimensional – I have to hate and I have to love and change between the two in a matter of minutes,” she said.
In Blood Wedding – a play with many characters but only one referred to by name – Abbey Le Cornu plays the Wife.
“The Wife is a really interesting character as she has such a range of emotions throughout the play,” she said. “She is on the verge of losing her husband and is struggling to know how to deal with everything that’s happening around her.”
She said it’s great to have such a challenging role.
“… at the same time I get to vent my real life frustrations through her anger, so it’s a win-win situation,” she added.
Adam Cockerill is one of the few males in the cast and the only cast member of Blood Wedding that has a character name – Leonardo.
“Leonardo is a strong man driven by his emotions,” he said. “He is a powerful character and I’m enjoying the opportunity this gives me to use him as a creative outlet.”
The double bill also runs on Friday, 27 May at 7pm; Saturday, 28 May at 7pm; Sunday, 29 May at 5pm; Thursday, 2 June at 7pm; Friday, 3 June at 7pm; Saturday, 4 June 7pm; and Sunday, 5 June at 5pm.
For more information about the plays, visit www.cds.ky. Tickets can be purchased by calling 949-5054 or by visiting www.caymanboxoffice.com