Theatre & Film Students Perform Play Lost for over 400 years
Lost for 400 years in a library in Madrid, Theatre & Film students are performing the very first English-language performance of Lope De Vega’s Women & Servants in McMaster’s Black Box Theatre. Women & Servants opens November 10th with performances on November 11, 15, 16, 17 and 18th (with a 2pm matinée).
Women & Servants is a subversive comedy that depicts and is critical of the interactions between the male dominated nobility, women and servants in Spanish society and, according to Cockett, is surprising in its sometimes liberal portrayal of women and men in the society.
“When we probe the social relationships of past societies, they often reveal themselves to be more complex and less conservative than we might be inclined to imagine,” says Cockett. “Lope’s play disrupts conventional portrayals of the patriarchal hierarchy of the Spanish Golden Age and invites the audience to consider the possibility that allegiances formed in love and in service might be a matter of personal choice.”