Love is the Greater Labyrinth - Diversifying the Classics
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Love is the Greater Labyrinth
A comedy by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz



Presented in collaboration with Red Bull Theater, Repertorio Español, and Diversifying the Classics | UCLA, this four-part series of events focused on a play by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the famous playwright, poet, and nun writing in Mexico in the latter half of the 17th-century.

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Love is the Greater Labyrinth is a madcap take on Greek mythology by famous Mexican author Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, now translated into English for the first time. A swashbuckling adventure, romantic farce, and morality tale all rolled into one, the play follows Teseo (Theseus) as he goes to meet his fate in the jaws of the monstrous Minotaur. Little does he know that his greatest test will come when he escapes one labyrinth and heads straight into the even more disorienting complications of love. Princesses Fedra and Ariadna pull him in two different directions—which path will he choose? 


In a love triangle that somehow keeps adding sides, love gets all the blinder with masked balls and secret nighttime trysts. Meanwhile, mad King Minos’s insatiable desire for revenge threatens to turn this into a tragedy after all. Sor Juana explores the epic consequences of emotion run amok through increasingly knotty entanglements and witty metatheatrical play, as the heroes of myth find themselves helpless against the power of Cupid.


Watch the trailer for this translation below! Directed by Sarah Grunnah.

Translated from the Spanish by the UCLA Working Group on the Comedia in Translation and Performance:
Marta Albalá Pelegrín
Paul Fitzgibbon Cella
Barbara Fuchs
Sarah Grunnah
Richard Huddleson
Rafael Jaime
Saraí Jaramillo
Rachel Kaufman
Robin Kello
Laura Muñoz
Javier Patiño Loira
Amanda Riggle
Rhonda Sharrah
Cheché Silveyra
Aina Soley
Samantha Solis
Elizabeth Warren
Forthcoming from Juan de la Cuesta