Heartwood Regional Theater Company will open a two-weekend run of “The House of Bernarda Alba,” written by Federico Garcia Lorca and adapted by Emily Mann, Friday, July 20 in the newly air-conditioned Parker Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy, Academy Hill.

Juanito Pascual, acclaimed as one of the top young flamenco guitarists on the international music scene, improvises original musical throughout, electrifying an already charged performance by an engaging female ensemble of 10 that includes Midcoast actors Beverly Mann of Belfast and Kim Fletcher of Rockland.

A formidable force of power and will, Bernarda Alba (Millie Santiago) rules her five restless, passionate, competitive daughters (Mary Boothby, Rowan Caroll-Christopher, Katie Matzell, Maddy Sherrill and Elise Voigt) who are hopelessly imprisoned in a world of lifeless household routines and oppressive tradition. Woven into the family fabric are the maid (Nancy-Grace Dersham), Bernarda’s mother (Margo Morrison O’Leary), servant (Mann) and neighbor (Fletcher). Into this fiery female mix enters Pepe Romano, and the results are perfectly tragic.

Written in 1936 just before the Spanish Civil War, “The House of Bernarda Alba” is a play that explores eternal themes of desire, authoritarianism, prejudice, tradition and tragedy. Ninety-minute performances will begin Fridays and Saturdays, July 20, 21, 27 and 28; and Sunday, July 29 at 3 p.m. Seating is general admission, though special arrangements may be made at the time of reservation. Tickets are $18, $12 for students.  Reservations are strongly suggested by calling 563-1373 or sending email to boxoffice@heartwoodtheater.org. For more information, visit heartwoodtheater.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.