Women and Servants by Lope de Vega
Sometimes marrying the one you love requires outsmarting fathers and masters.
Luciana and Violanta, daughters of the gentleman Florencio, are in love with Teodoro and Claridán, secretary and valet, respectively, to Count Próspero. As the play opens, the Count decides to pursue Luciana. At the same time, Florencio’s friend Emiliano proposes that Violanta marries his eligible son, Don Pedro.
The sisters refuse these matches and manipulate the action to favor instead the men they love. Violanta uses her wit to demolish Don Pedro’s pretensions, while Leonarda concocts an elaborate plot that entangles everyone, as the sisters show that they are more than capable of manipulating the action to get their way.
The play has 12 roles: 3 female, 7 male, and 2 gender neutral.