Arts on the Grounds

Women and Servants

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
5:30 pm

Rolfe Hall courtyard
345 Portola Plaza

Lope de Vega’s recently rediscovered play
Translated by Barbara Fuchs

A staged reading by Chalk Repertory Theatre sponsored by the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies

Women and Servants (1613–14) turns Madrid upside down, as daughters and secretaries outsmart their fathers and masters for the sake of love. Lope’s marvelous comedy depicts a sophisticated urban culture of self-fashioning and social mobility, where creaky notions of honor and vengeance have virtually no place. Recently rediscovered in Madrid’s Biblioteca Nacional, the play emerges from its 400-year sleep with a remarkable freshness: in this world of suave dissimulation and accommodation, those on the bottom make room for their voices and their desires.

Free admission; please RSVP to Visitor parking available in structures 3 & 5.