Bernarda Alba, based on Federico Garcia Lorca's famous work, officially opened at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on March 6 after previews from Feb. 11. Yolande Bavan, Judith Blazer, Candy Buckley, Nikki M. James, Sally Murphy, Phylicia Rashad, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Saundra Santiago, Laura Shoop and Nancy Ticotin are in the cast. Direction and choreography are by Graciela Daniele.
Bernarda Alba is the story of "a newly-widowed mother (Rashad), who enforces her iron will on her large household, only to have her daughters (James, Murphy, Rubin-Vega and Santiago) overwhelm her tyranny." The subject matter is of the serious, literary sort that LaChiusa often favors. In the past, he has drawn inspiration from the work of Schnitzler, Euripides, Ryunosuke Akutagawa and Gabriel García Márquez.
LaChiusa's Hello, Again and Marie Christine were produced at the nonprofit. Daniele has directed such LCT shows as LaChiusa's Marie Christine and Chronicle of a Death Foretold, as well as such Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens works as Once on This Island and the recent Dessa Rose.