Desire can stretch and test the spirit – but it also can twist and knot the soul. And there is no more haunting or poetic account of desire’s destructive power than Yerma. In this play by the Spanish master Garcia Lorca, the protagonist Yerma longs for children (even if her name means “barren” in Spanish). As the years pass, societal pressures and biological realities only intensify her longing – even as her husband seems totally content with the status quo. Since her own ideas of honor prohibit infidelity, Yerma goes to extraordinary and violent lengths to find a “resolution” that still shocks audiences today. Now GALA Hispanic Theatre stages a contemporary take on this classic tale performed in Spanish with English surtitles.