Diversifying the Classics

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Women & Servants
by Lope de Vega

a reading of a new translation by Barbara Fuchs, PhD

Details

Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7:30pm
Church of the Epiphany
1393 York Avenue at 74th Street

Cast

Luis Moreno, Gabriel Sloyer, Frankie Alvarez, Gisela Chipe, Zoe Sofia Garcia, Gilbert Cruz, Mark Torres, Michael Earle Fajardo, Guadalís Del Carmen, Alexandra Lin Holden

Synopsis

Eavesdrop on “women and servants” as they plot to outsmart fathers and masters to marry those they love. Lope de Vega's Women and Servants (Mujeres y Criados, c. 1613-14) was recently rediscovered in an overlooked 17th Century manuscript in Madrid's Biblioteca Nacional, the comedia emerges from its 400-year sleep with a remarkable freshness: it presents a world of suave self-fashioning and accommodation, where creaky notions of honor and vengeance have virtually no place. 

 

The Widow of Valencia
by Lope de Vega

a reading of a new translation by the UCLA working group for the Comedia in Translation and Performance

Details

Monday, June 18, 2018 at 7:30pm
Church of the Epiphany
1393 York Avenue at 74th Street

Cast

Ceci Fernandez, Elizabeth Ramos, Gerardo Rodriguez, Michael Earle Fajardo, Keith Contreras, Gilbert Cruz, Mariana Newhard, Jose Luaces, Carlo Alban, Gabriel Sloyer, Jack Mastriani

Synopsis

Hers is a balancing act of appearances and disappearances, aspirations and desires. How long can she keep everyone in the dark? The Widow of Valencia introduces audiences to Leonarda, a young woman intent on protecting the freedom afforded by her husband’s death. Though she rejects her suitors by day, she makes her own arrangements by night, selecting a lover but keeping her identity a secret.

Acknowledgements

Sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos & the New York City Council Cultural Immigrant Initiative

THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED, IN PART, BY PUBLIC FUNDS FROM THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY COUNCIL.

Special Thanks to the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Actors' Equity Association, the Church of the Epiphany, and the UCLA Diversifying the Classics project!