Fund for New American Plays

Another Part of the House

Classic Stage Company, New York, NY

Migdalia Cruz's Another Part of the House is inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca's classic The House of Bernarda Alba. It is written from the point of view of Maria Josefa, Bernarda's mother who is locked away in her bedroom. Maria Josefa, like everyone else in her family, is secretly in love with the mysterious and forbidden Pepe el Romano. She imagines that her pet sheep is really Pepe, the man. Bernarda's youngest daughter, Adela, is Maria Josefa's only friend and confidant. Together they plot to escape Bernarda's tyranny.

Migdalia Cruz's work has been produced by many theaters, including Playwrights Horizons, INTAR, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Shakespeare Festival's Festival Latino, the Cleveland Play House, Houston Grand Opera, and American Repertory Theater. Her plays include Miriam's Flowers, Lucy Loves Me, Dreams of Home, Telling Tales, Occasional Grace, Winnie in the Citie, Whistle, and Not Time's Fool. Publishers of her plays and monologues include Routledge Press, Penguin Books, and Applause Books. Cruz is also a recipient of 1991 and 1995 NEA Playwriting Fellowships, a 1988 McKnight Fellowship, and a 1994 PEW/TCG National Artist in Residency at Classic Stage Company. She received her MFA degree from Columbia University and in April 1996 became a writer-in-residence at Latino Chicago Theater Company.

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