Heart of Spain – A Musical of the Spanish Civil War

  • Playhouse Production

  • Zellerbach Playhouse

  • October 21-30, 2016
  • Friday & Saturday–8p; Sunday–2p
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Cal Students, Staff & Faculty, & Seniors: $13 online in advance, $15 at the door. ID required.
General Admission: $18 online in advance, $20 at the door.

Written by Peter Glazer and Eric Bain Peltoniemi
Directed by Peter Glazer
October 21-30, 2016 // Zellerbach Playhouse

TDPS presents Heart of Spain, a musical that tells the story of a diverse group of US citizens who volunteered to fight against fascism in Spain during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). The show begins in New York City in 1936, when Europe was in an intense state of unrest, and follows the volunteers through political awakening and recruitment, across the Atlantic, over the Pyrenees, and into battle as they fight to protect the Spanish Republic from General Francisco Franco’s fascist coup. Woven together from eyewitness accounts, letters from the front, poems, traditional songs, and original songs by collaborators Peter Glazer and Eric Peltoniemi, the show explores why people were willing to put their lives on the line for a cause, and what happened to them in the process. What are the risks, and rewards, of idealism?


  1. 2016 marks the 80th anniversary of the start of the Spanish Civil War – a bitter, passionate conflict, known as “The Good Fight,” that often goes untold in history books. See other commemorative events on campus at spanishcivilwar80.berkeley.edu
  2. Join us for a postshow discussion following the 2 PM matinee performance of “Heart of Spain” on Sunday, October 23. Playwrights/composers Peter Glazer and Eric Peltoniemi will discuss the inspiration, creation, and evolution of the show. *A ticket to the 2 PM performance is required to attend this event.
  3. Listen to some songs from the musical:

About the Spanish Civil War: In July 1936, General Francisco Franco—with the backing of Hitler and Mussolini—attempted to wrest Spanish leadership from the democratically-elected government. In response, 30,000 volunteers from 52 countries (including 2,700 from the United States) volunteered to fight against the fascist coup and protect the Spanish Republic. The International Brigades fought on the front lines; served as doctors, medics and nurses; and took other roles in the effort to fight off Franco and his collaborators, in hopes of avoiding a larger war in Europe. It was a bitterly fought conflict, which Franco finally won in 1939 when he marched into Madrid. Hitler invaded Poland six months later.