Federico García Lorca, one of the world’s most celebrated poets and playwrights, was born on June 5, 1898, in the village of Fuente Vaqueros, Spain.
Blood Wedding is his most passionate and famous play. Plagued by deep depressions throughout his life due to his homosexuality in the face of an intolerant society, his outspokenness and his writing made him a political symbol and target. He was consequently executed at the age of 38 by anti-Republican rebels during the Spanish Civil War.
Lorca said once, "The only hope for happiness lies in the living of one’s instinctual life to the fullest." In Blood Wedding he makes an impassioned plea for the right of the individual to love according to his or her nature and needs. Leonardo and the Bride try to follow the rules set by their strict, conservative society, only to discover there is a force stronger than any jailer (society). It’s our inner spirit that yearns to be free to love a person regardless of what the rest of the world may think. The same applies to same-sex love, which to some is abominable. For others it is the most powerful force in their lives, one that should be experienced without fear.