By Ana Caro and Feliciana Enríquez ,
translated and adapted by Harley Erdman
Directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni
In early 17th-century Spain, women playwrights turned out reams of scripts that were by turns imaginative, magical, funny and raunchy. Department of Theater professor Harley Erdman is on a mission to help the world rediscover these talented women and brings us Suitors, an interpolation of two plays about women with multiple suitors who have to figure out how to get what they want from their situations. The main play, Count Partinuples by Ana Caro, is a magical fairy tale. With the help of her cousin (who is conveniently a sorceress), the empress Rosaura puts a magical spell on the man of her dreams. Invisible, she puts him to a test of love, all the while putting off these three shallow suitors whom her advisors want her to marry. The interlude, The Moldy Graces by Feliciana Enriquez, is a farce in which six grotesque, drunken suitors serenade three very horny sisters. Each play is outrageous in its own way, and both will have you wondering how it's possible that no one has seen these fabulous works in English before.