El retablillo de Don Cristóbal/The Farce of Don Cristobal and the Maiden Rosita
Influenced by his passionate enthusiasm for the marionettes of his childhood, García Lorca combines his unique poetic lyricism and the rough folk humor of the traditional trickster in this bawdy and delicious farce in which the old, lascivious Don Cristóbal lustfully pursues the young and innocent Rosita for his bride.
This is fertile terrain for the Bianchis’ love of popular art forms: street theater, circus, commedia dell’arte, and Golden Age Spanish theater. In this staging, Republican soldiers and members of the Abraham Lincoln International Brigade who are fighting in the Spanish Civil War celebrate their cause for freedom with impassioned songs of the war and a joyful performance of Lorca’s puppet play.
By Federico García Lorca (Spain)
Directed by Adhemar and Ximena Bianchi (Argentina)
In Spanish with English surtitles.