International Essays on Theatre for Young Audiences- A Publication of ASSITEJ and ITYARN
Príncipe y príncipe: made in Méxiko
93 Príncipe y príncipe: Made in México J. Andrew Wiginton Príncipe y príncipe is a play for young audiences written by Perla Szuchmacher in 2008 for Atracciones Meteoro and directed by Aracelia Guerrero in México City, México (2009). The play is based on the Dutch picture book, Koning en Koning (King and King), written by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland in 2000. The book has been widely translated, and the Spanish version (Rey y Rey) served as the basis for adaptation. The book is described for “people older than six years old and as a pedagogical tool recommended internationally for teaching sexual diversity” (Rea-Tizcareño 2009).1 The company used similar language in their advertisements for the production that opened at the Muestra de Artes Escénicas of México City on November 21, 2009. The play, a contemporary fairy tale, features a Queen who desperately wants her son to marry so that she can retire. The Queen organizes a parade of princess “candidates” for her son to view and, later, to marry if he shows interest in any of them. Prince Tadeo shows no interest in marriage or in any of the women, but ultimately falls in love with the Blue Prince who accompanies his eligible sister on a visit to meet the bachelor. Tadeo tells his mother of his decision to marry the Blue Prince and, after a brief moment of crisis, she celebrates his decision and throws him a...
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