Essays in Honor of Matthew D. Stroud
“Más valéis vos, Antona”: Worthy Wives in Lope, Tirso, and Cañizares
SUSAN PAUN DE GARCÍA Denison University
As scholars engaged in dramaturgical analysis, we face important choices in our attempts to provide ways to connect readers, directors, and audiences with Early Modern plays. How can we uncover ways in which the written text intersects with daily lived experiences? The authors of The Process of Dramaturgy. A Handbook recommend assembling a production history, a resource that allows us “to get a quick sense of what was happening within both global society and popular culture at the time the show opened … so that the director, performers, and designers alike can see what might have had direct influence not only on the play text but also the performance text at any given time” (Irelan, Fletcher, and Dubliner xii). This imperative becomes doubly important when the play in question is itself based on history.
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