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This play is an example of a sacred allegorical work common in Spanish dramatic literature. Its subject is John Francis Regis, a seventeenth century French Jesuit priest who was canonized for his work with the sick and poor.

This sacred drama seems to depict the early medieval legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller. As relayed in the "Golden Legend", or Lives of the Saints, he was tricked or bewitched into killing his parents. The distraught Julian was forgiven by Jesus…

Translated from the play of the same name by the great French playwright Jean Racine, this historical tragedy tells of the betrayal of King Mithridates VI. Remembered as the greatest ruler of the Greco-Persian state Pontus, he was eventually bested…

This play concerns David, the second king of Israel, and Michal, his wife. Their relationship was a complicated one, Michal being forced to lead her husband to safety when Saul, her father and the first king, attempted to have him killed. She was…

This comedia by the famed Calderon de la Barca pits mythical figures of classical Greece against those of early medieval Europe. The play's heroes are twin brothers Prometheus and Epimetheus, titans who together were responsible for creating and…

Revolutionary-era French playwright Antoine Lemierre began his career with this drama about the Greek mythological figure Hypermnestra. In the midst of an internecine struggle for the rule of Egypt, she and her 49 sisters were forcibly wedded to…

Printed in 1791, this suelta represents the play Hannibal (here described as an "original lyric scene"), as it was performed in the city of Cádiz on December 3, 1788. The lead actor is identified as one Luis Navarro of the Compañia Comica…

This "new, burlesque, and gracious" comedia has the inauspicious title of The Risen Dead. (Selections - full volume available from Queens College Archives)

By the time this suelta was published in the late 18th century, Lope de Vega's "comedia nueva" was no longer new. However, it could still be easily distinguished from plays of antiquity - namely, it was less beholden to formal structural rules and…

"The Most Harsh Mistress, and the Friendship Already Dead" may be the only extant play by Don Gonzalez de Ulloa y Sandoval. It is the only work listed under that name in numerous catalogs, including those of the British Library and the Hispanic…
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