WEDNESDAYGreat Performances (PBS, 9:30-11:30 p.m.): Glenda Jackson and Joan Plowright star in the TV debut of "The House of Bernarda Alba," Lorca's searing tale of a household of mourning women whose closed world is penetrated by a young man. The two stars take the roles they had in the acclaimed 1986 London stage production of the great Spanish dramatist's work. He wrote it in 1936, not long before being executed by a Franco firing squad. MONDAY La Pastorella (PBS, 9-10:30 p.m.): For a couple of thousand years people have been reenacting the travel of shepherds to visit the baby Jesus. The story came to the New World with the Conquistadors in the form of a medieval Spanish morality play. A modern Hispanic version - full of music and raucous fun and starring Linda Ronstadt, Paul Rodriguez, and Cheech Marin - is offered here on 'Great Performances.' This adaptation was created by the Teatro Campesino in California's San Juan Bautista mission and h as been performed by them for the past 17 years. The journey is seen through the eyes of a young Chicana who dreams about modern shepherds fending off Satan's enticements as they make their way.
THURSDAY Kennedy Center Honors (CBS, 9-11 p.m.): There's often more than a touch of hoopla about them, yet these functions do let Washington pay a much-needed official tribute - with high visibility - to performing artists. This year the pats on the back go to Roy Acuff, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, the Nicholas Brothers, Gregory Peck, and Robert Shaw. Walter Cronkite is host.
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