Diversifying the Classics | Comedia Slam
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Los Angeles, California
October 12th – 13th, 2019
The Comedia Slam
Staged readings by Los Angeles theater companies of Diversifying the Classics comedia translations, followed by discussions on interpretation, performance, and future directions for diversity in the theater. 
Saturday, October 12th
Charles E. Young Grand Salon
Kerckhoff Hall, UCLA

  • The Actor’s Gang presents The Widow of Valencia by Lope de Vega

A young, beautiful woman is suddenly granted unexpected social freedom after her husband’s death. She plots to protect her reputation by day while enjoying her lover by night, using her wits to fool everyone and keep one step ahead of her increasingly complicated schemes. 

  • A monologue competition featuring selections from Diversifying the Classics’ recent publication: 90 Monologues from Spanish Classical Theater. Click here for rules. 

Sunday, October 13th
Charles E. Young Grand Salon
Kerckhoff Hall, UCLA

  • Antaeus Theatre Company presents What We Owe Our Lies by Juan Ruiz de Alarcón

An attractive foreigner appears in Madrid and inspires two women to break out of their proposed marriages in pursuit of chosen love. Close quarters create confusion and danger: how do you win at love when your romantic rival lives next door and watchful brothers and jealous suitors are right around the corner?

  • Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Unhappily Married in Valencia by Guillén de Castro

What happens after the happy ending? Two married couples air their disillusions with marriage, while the cross-dressed mistress of one of the husbands merrily manipulates one and all. With everyone attracted to the wrong person, innuendo, accusations, and revenge steal the show.
Sponsored by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain and a UCLA Arts Initiative Grant