The play is divided into three acts, with two scenes in each. As John Edmunds notes, it is difficult to establish a definitive timeframe for the action: ‘Various overt references establish the corrosion of Yerma’s marriage and spirit as taking place over years. Yet the vague treatment of the intervening periods suggests something more instant and more calamitous’ (Lorca 1997: xxxii).
García Lorca, Federico. 1997. Yerma. In Federico García Lorca: Four Major Plays, trans. John Edmunds. Oxford, Oxford University Press
The play is set in a number of different locations. It begins in Yerma’s house, then moves out into the fields and olive groves. There are scenes beside a riverbed as well as at a pilgrim shrine.
The play is filled with folk songs about love, sex and fertility.
|4 males||10 males|
|11 females||20 females|
|15 (total)||30 (total)|
Entry written by Gwynneth Dowling. Last updated on 6 April 2011.