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By Ana Caro Mallén De Soto
In a brand-new translation by the UCLA Diversifying the Classics Project/Working Group on the Comedia in Translation and Performance.
Uprising Series curated by Hannah Rittner*We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts in supporting Hannah’s curatorial residency with the Festival from 2020-2022.
Hannah Rittner has discovered 400-plus plays by women between the 17th and 21st centuries as part of her two-year research project with the Stratford Festival entitled “The Feminist Expansion of the Western Canon,” in which she seeks to transform the Western theatrical canon so that it may include and celebrate the female gaze. In this series she has pulled together four plays that showcase women fighting against injustice through acts of uprising, and in doing so they become the heroes of their own story—but not without a fight.
When Fernando, a gentleman to the Prince of Flanders, discovers that Don Juan saved Estela from bandits, he invites Don Juan to stay at his castle. As Don Juan joins the esteemed company, he confesses to Fernando that he fled Seville to avoid a woman who has accused him of ruining her honour. This woman is Leonor and she has followed him all the way from Seville to Flanders in a man’s disguise. And now she seeks revenge.
Support for the Uprising Series is generously provided by The Dorothy Stelsin Foundation.
Support for The Meighen Forum is generously provided by Kelly & Michael Meighen and The T.R. Meighen Family Foundation.
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