Yerma

Play

Writers: Simon Stone Frederico Garcia Lorca

Overview

Show Information

Conceived By
Based on the Play/Book/Film
Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma
Category
Play
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
2016
Genres
Drama, Tragedy
Settings
Contemporary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
London, Present Day
Cast Size
small
Ideal for
Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast, Star Vehicle Female
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, young adult, mature adult characters

Synopsis

Simon Stone’s modern adaptation of Federico Garcia Lorca’s play, Yerma, tells the story of an unnamed woman (‘Her’) who finds herself unable to have a child with her husband, John. The action takes place in a glass box which predominantly represents the couple’s new and big, empty London house, as well as other places. The audience therefore watch the action through the glass walls, experiencing the social expectation that couples become parents and the pitying response when they fail to conceive. ‘Her’ writes a blog about her struggles to have a child, in which she details every intimate, confessional detail about her resentment of her pregnant sister and John’s failure to make a baby with her. After 12 failed attempts at IVF, losing her job, and her marriage, she is driven to the very edge of her mental health and, ultimately, falls.

Stone's contemporary portrayal of Yerma presents a powerfully devastating portrayal of a woman in her late thirties, desperate to conceive the child she thought she never wanted.

Lead Characters