El Rufian Castrucho (Castrucho the Hustler), written by Lope de Vega, tells the story of a colorful cast of scoundrels. The colorful cast of scoundrels are led by Castrucho, the ingenue he longs for and her wicked caretaker, girls dressed as soldiers, and the men and women who do not discriminate in matters of love. Differences between truth and lies, male and female, war and sex go up in a puff of laughter in this comedic romp. Lope's jovial, yet cruel portrayal of military power challenges audiences with insight into human desires and the ironies of society in the Spanish Empire of that era. Huga Medrano directs.