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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…

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…

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…

"Which is better, confessed or confessor?" This religious play portrays two famous sixteenth century Christian saints, John of the Cross and Teresa of Ávila. Together they founded the Discalced (barefoot) Carmelites, an ascetic order that survives…

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

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.

"Despise What You Want" is one of many plays by the prolific Perez de Montalvan, a student of Lope de Vega. Some critics believe he was too derivative of his master, for which his reputation has diminished. (Selections - full volume available from…

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…
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