The House of Bernarda Alba
The action opens in a "very white room in Bernarda Alba's house. Bells toll for the funeral of Bernarda's second husband. The housekeeper, La Poncia, speaks with a maid about Bernarda and her family. La Poncia reports that one of the daughters, Magdalena, fainted during the funeral service. Magdalena is the only one who loved her father, La Poncia explains. Maria Josefa, Bernarda's mother, calls from within, where apparently she has been locked-up against her will.