Goodman Theatre presents The Sins of Sor Juana, by Karen Zacarías, directed by Goodman Associate Director Henry Godinez. Winner of the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play (2000), the production is the centerpiece for the 2010 Latino Theatre Festival.
Legendary Mexican poet Juana Inés de la Cruz writes expressive, sensual verse at the Viceroy's court in the 1600's, a time when it was unfashionable--and sinful--for women to exercise their intellect. The Viceroy is jealous of Sor Juana's influence on his beautiful wife, the Vicereine, who has arranged a profitable marriage to endure that Sor Juana will always have a place at court. Believing his own marriage is threatened by Sor Juana's engagement, the Viceroy hires a charming, educated rogue to seduce her and destroy her reputation. When Sor Juana refuses to compromise her poetry for what the church ordains appropriate, she stands to lose everything she loves.