Press - 11/15/2013

Blood Wedding. Purpose. Passion. Perfection.

Let’s make one thing clear – taking me to go to see a play is a hard sell. Too many a time have I been traumatized by witnessing jittery actors mumbling over their lines, backstage technicians failing to successfully pull off a scene change, and even going to the extent of myself and four others being the only ones in attendance for the production. As you can probably tell, I have somewhat of a heinous relationship with plays; fortunately, this was all going to change very soon.

I received two complimentary tickets to go see MiraCosta College’s production of Blood Wedding. Skeptical, I decided to take a leap of faith and went to go see my first college-level production. Despite my entrance fee to see this production amounted to free, it was definitely worth the ten dollars that everyone else in the jam-packed house paid. 

Being accustomed to the high-school level when it came to quality, I was completely blown away as I witnessed Eric Bishop’s amazing direction with this Spanish tragedy. The show excelled in all aspects of theatre – passionate acting, set and costume design, music score, choreography; the list goes on and on. As the lights illuminated the house signaling the end of the production, I looked around and saw something amazing – people had tears in their eyes. Amidst all of the show’s success, Bishop’s main objective was accomplished by the end of the play – to make the audience feel.

When it comes down to the overall acting, two individuals kept me enthralled throughout the entirety of the play. The Mother (played by Patricia Fa’asua) was the true embodiment of sorrow and tragedy that sent frequent chills up my spine whenever her presence graced the stage, while The Maid (played by Melba Novoa) kept my hopes high with her witty humor as she was the epitome of being the glimpse of light in the show’s complete and utter darkness. 

All in all, I have never been more satisfied to see a play. Never have I been so emotionally invested, never have I been so engaged, and never have I been so impressed by the effort these individuals have put into the creation of this show. To me, one final thought crosses my mind – Blood Wedding is true theater.

Experience the passion of Blood Wedding now at MiraCosta College Theatre, located at 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside. Performances are scheduled for November 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m., and November 17, 23, 24 at 2 p.m. General admission is $15; seniors/staff, $12; and students, $12.

Tickets are available online at or by calling the MiraCosta College Box Office at 760.795.6815.

Also, watch the promo video here:

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