House of Desires

Opened Jan 11, 2006
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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz's House of Desires delivers romantic mayhem to the doorstep of brother and sister Don Pedro and Dona Ana who finds themselves entangled in a comic mess: Don Pedro loves Dona Leonor who loves Don Carlos, who is fancied by Dona Ana but betrothed to Don Juan. The play is a bawdy, starry-eyed tale of confusion and mistaken identities rich with wily servants and groping suitors. Written by a 17th century feminist, this new translation by Catherine Boyle of House of Desires examines the idea of free will for women at a time when her worth was defined by society's strict moral code. With honor and desire at stake, will the lovers' whims lead them to happiness? Peter Dobbins directs.

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