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PLAYS

El Merolico (The Mountebank)

WHO CAN BELIEVE HIS STORIES, AND WHAT IS HE SELLING?

EFE Tres Teatro presents a reworking of Cervantes’ comic interludes as delivered by a traveling performer in small-town Mexico. In Spanish, with English supertitles.

WOMEN AND SERVANTS, BY LOPE DE VEGA 

WHO’S REALLY CALLING THE SHOTS?

Sylvia Blush and Jean Carlo Yunen Aróstegui direct Lope de Vega’s recently rediscovered comedia, which traces the play of class, loyalty, and desire in a very modern Madrid. In English.

SCHOOL FOR WITCHES, OR FRIENDSHIP BETRAYED, BY MADHURI SHEKAR

GOLDEN TONGUES

Adaptations of Hispanic classical theater to contemporary Los Angeles, in collaboration with Playwrights’ Arena, in staged readings. 

BASED ON MARÍA DE ZAYAS’ LA TRAICIÓN EN LA AMISTAD

Friendships are not always what they seem to be, especially when love gets in the way. In English.

EL PRÍNCIPE YNOCENTE (THE INNOCENT PRINCE), BY LOPE DE VEGA 

MISTAKEN IDENTITIES, LOST PRINCES, AND LESS-THAN-NOBLE BEHAVIOR MAKE FOR A ROYAL MESS.

Cutting-edge Mexican company EFE Tres Teatro will present Lope de Vega’s meditation on political power and culpability, reimagined as a dialogue between two prisoners in their cell. In Spanish, with English supertitles.

LIKE/SHARE, BY JANINE SALINAS SCHOENBERG

GOLDEN TONGUES

Adaptations of Hispanic classical theater to contemporary Los Angeles, in collaboration with Playwrights’ Arena, in staged readings. 

BASED ON CALDERÓN DE LA BARCA’S LOS CABELLOS DE ABSALÓN 

When a night of college partying goes wrong, what you see is not always what you get. In English.

LA LOCURA DE LOS ÁNGELES/THE MADNESS OF ANGELS, BY MICHAEL PREMSRIRAT

GOLDEN TONGUES

Adaptations of Hispanic classical theater to contemporary Los Angeles, in collaboration with Playwrights’ Arena, in staged readings. 

BASED ON LOPE DE VEGA’S LOS LOCOS DE VALENCIA

It’s a scintillating LA in the summer of ’91, and the entire world seems to have gone mad. In English.

LA ESCENA Festival was made possible by the UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Center for European and Russian Studies, Latin American Institute, and Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, Theater, and English, as well as by the generous support of UC Riverside’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, UC MEXUS, and the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona.

For inquiries, please write to LAEscena2018@gmail.com