THE LOVE OF DON PERLIMPLIN AND BELISA IN THE GARDEN/EL AMOR DE DON PERLIMPLÍN CON BELISA EN SU JARDÍN
By Federico García Lorca
Translation by Caridad Svich
Directed by Paula Paz
In English and in Spanish on the same performance, with two casts and two different stagings. First half in Spanish with English surtitles and second half in English.
Written between 1922 and 1926 and premiered in 1933, Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su Jardín is a masterpiece of farce that ends in tragedy, mixing lyrical and gortesque moments onstage. In the play, Don Perlimplín is an elderly man who, proud of having remained a bachelor all his life, is convinced by his servant Marcolfa to marry his neighbour Belisa, a tender teenager offered unashamedly and almost by force by her mother. But tragedy explodes on the wedding night when, despite Perlimplín's confession of his love for Belisa, she falls for another man with whom she is having a passionate romance. Aware of the deception, Perlimplín will have to decide how to respond to this treachery.
Running time: 2 hours (15 mins interval)