Fuente Ovejuna

Apr. 21 – 30, 2017 // Ethel M. Barber Theater
By Lope de Vega // Adapted by Kori Alston & Susan E. Bowen
Directed by Susan E. Bowen

In the midst of a dynastic power struggle for the crown of Castile, military commander Fernán Gómez returns victorious from battle to the small rural town of Fuente Ovejuna, where his acts of violence soon extend beyond the battlefield. The villagers repeatedly endure the Commander’s violation of their honor, until one day he goes too far – kidnapping the mayor’s daughter, Laurencia, and her fiancé on their wedding day. After making a daring escape, Laurencia galvanizes the town to finally extract their revenge but authorities are swiftly sent in to punish the offenders. In a show of solidarity, the villagers thwart their inquisitors and declare their loyalty to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in this Spanish Golden Age drama that remains a rallying cry for communal courage.

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Susan E. Bowen (Director and Co-Adapter) is a third-year Directing MFA candidate at Northwestern University. Since moving to Chicago seven years ago from New York, Susan has directed and/or assistant directed at companies such as Jackalope Theatre, About Face Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Route 66, A Red Orchid Theatre, American Theater Company and Piven Theatre Workshop, among others. At Northwestern Susan has directed CLOUDTECTONICS by José Rivera and Mark Schultz’s EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT: ABRIEF HISTORY OF HELEN OF TROY as part of last season’s MFA Collaboration Series in the Wallis Theater.

Kori Alston (Co-Adapter) is a junior Theatre and Spanish major with a concentration in playwriting. Originally from the Berkshires, Massachusetts, Kori got his start as a slam poet and acting trainee at Shakespeare & Company. He remains the youngest poet to have won the “WordxWord Poetry Slam” and has performed alongside acts such as Jon Sands and Mary Lambert. As a playwright, Kori has had two of his plays, The Alexander Litany and Poplar and Rope, produced on campus through Vertigo Productions, and three of his short plays produced with G45 Productions in New York. His play, Pledge of Allegiance (The History of America), was a winner of the 2016 Agnes Nixon Award for Playwriting and his short play, Melanin, has been recently added to the eighth grade curriculum at the International School of Brooklyn.

Scenic Designer: Michelle Lilly
Costume Designer: Sanja Manakoski
Lighting Designer: Sara Gosses
Sound Designer: Kevin O'Donnell
Stage Manager: Zach Schroeder


Adult $25
Seniors (62+) $22
Area Educator $22
NU Faculty/Staff $20
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door

April 21 - 30
2:00PM SUN

Post-show discussion on Thursday, April 27.

Please be advised this production contains strong language and mature content.