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"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…

This "military play in three acts", as most obedient figures would, clearly recommends the filial over the fraternal mode of love. Note the publisher's suggestion that it is easy to perform in private homes, requiring only seven single men to fill…

"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…

This work by the leading playwright of Spanish Golden Age drama is one of his better known; it is a love comedy with a plot involving a fake doctor. Nine of his plays are represented in the Queens College collection of comedias sueltas. (Selections -…

"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…

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…

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

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…

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 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…
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