The Program in Theater presents Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation by Cusi Cram inspired by Lope de Vega's play and directed by Suzanne Agins. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 11-12 and Thursday to Saturday, November 17-19. All performances are at 8 PM in the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center.
Lope de Vega (1562-1635) is often considered the Shakespeare of the Spanish Golden Age. Written in 1614, Fuente Ovejuna is based on real events in the 15th century. It tells the story of the townspeople of Fuente Ovejuna, who band together to overthrow their cruel and rapacious overlord. In this ensemble piece, each character is a unique piece of the puzzle, and the communal spirit of the town is the true protagonist.
The backdrop for this adaptation is based upon a real troupe that Federico Garcia Lorca had in Spain in the early 1930’s at the University of Madrid called La Barraca. La Barraca toured with their version of Fuente Ovejuna all over Spain, bringing it to rural towns and small villages that had never seen theater before. Lorca adapted and directed that production. This is an homage to that troupe and to Lorca, though it is not based in strict historical fact.
Tickets for Fuente Ovejuna: A Disloyal Adaptation are $10 students and seniors, and $15 general admission and may be ordered by calling University Ticketing at 609.258.9220 or the Berlind Box Office at 609.258.2787.