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“Officiated by director Soheil Parsa, … Federico Garcia Lorcas symbolist play was unforgettable. The bold, evocative design matched the sensual colours and emotions in the script, with the actors among them Beatriz Pizano, Bahareh Yaraghi, Derek Kwan, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio and Jani Lauzon creating something urgent, primal and inevitable.” – NOW Magazine, The 10 best Toronto theatre shows of the 2010s decade

“A quintessentially Canadian approach to the classics” – J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe & Mail

“…the opening scene with her adoring yet adventurous son (Kwan, excellent) is compelling, disturbing and amusing in equal turns in its depiction of their bond, which is deeply felt emotionally and just a bit too sensual.” – Karen Fricker, Toronto Star

“This show was a dream. Working with such a committed, tight ensemble, with the brilliant Soheil Parsa, with an inspired group of designers, was a real treat. It also proved to me that with the right thinking, and the right people with you, anything is possible.” — Derek

A family vendetta comes to a boil when a bride-to-be runs away with the son of the enemy. Their ill-fated romance sparks a poetic exploration of the conflict between desire and social convention.

Modern Times’ Artistic Director Soheil Parsa, renowned for his unique interpretations of the classics Waiting for Godot, The Chairs, The Lesson,  directed the rarely produced translation of Blood Wedding by Langston Hughes.

Modern Times Stage Company and Aluna Theatre Co-Production:

Blood Weddings (Bodas de Sangre)
By Federico Garcia Lorca
Translation by Langston Hughes

March 11-29, 2015
Buddies in Badtimes Theatre, Toronto

Lara Arabian, Steven Bush, Sochi Fried, Carlos Gonzalez-Vio, Mina James, Derek Kwan, Jani Lauzon, Sebastian Marziali, Carla Melo, Liz Peterson, Beatriz Pizano, Chiamaka G. Ugwu, Bahareh Yaraghi

Director: Soheil Parsa
Stage Manager: Erika Morey
Scenographer: Trevor Schwellnus
Costume Designer: Angela Thomas
Sound Designer: Thomas Ryder Payne
Producer: Sue Balint

Blood Weddings received 6 awards at the 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Awards:

  • Outstanding Production
  • Outstanding Direction
  • Outstanding Performance- Female  Beatriz Pizano
  • Outstanding Scenic Design
  • Outstanding Costume Design
  • Outstanding Lighting Design

It was also nominated for the following:

  • Outstanding Performance- Ensemble
  • Outstanding Sound Design/Composition

It also received 2 Toronto Theatre Critics Awards for:

  • Best Director of a Play (Soheil Parsa)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Play (Beatriz Pizano)

This production was remounted at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, March 4-19, 2017

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