Yerma is desperate for a child, but her husband Juan shies from her touch. How can she reconcile her urge for motherhood, maintain her sense of honor and still do her job without going mad? Set in an elite university, Yerma in the Desert focuses on the custodial and public safety staff who clean up the mess and tell no tales in a dystopia where personal grudges lead to deportation and worse. Catch this world premiere production of Yerma in the Desert at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles.
Yerma In The Desert Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended
"...Directors Marlene Forte (Mayer’s wife) and Edgar Landa insightfully guide the cast of 10, an effort enriched by warm, humorous performances by Brenda Banda (Urban Theatre Movement’s co-founder) as Yerma’s earthy supervisor, Paul Tully (the other co-founder) as a genial security officer who’s quietly in love with Yerma, and Spencer Weitzel as a professor specializing in fertility who awkwardly yet earnestly tries to help Yerma."
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Stage Raw - Recommended
"...Murillo’s performance showcases the depth of her character’s convictions. Brenda Banda plays Trini, Yerma’s take-charge boss willing to help her in her situation, adding complexity to the production. Edgar Landa and Marlene Forte’s co-direct on a two-sided set (Sarah Steinman) that enhances the action with both cause-and-effect sequences and mirrored ones — quintessential in driving the story forward. Musical transitions distract from the frequent set changes while maintaining continuity, thanks to Yerma’s frequent humming and the consistent presence of a boom box or some other source of sound on stage."
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