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Spanish Golden Age "Las cortes de la muerte" produced at BYU this week

As part of a campus-wide celebration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of “Don Quixote,” Brigham Young University's Spanish Golden Age Theatre Group will perform Lope de Vega's “Las cortes de la muerte” Oct. 15, Oct. 19-22 and Oct. 28-29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Joseph F. Smith Building Theatre, room B-192.

Tickets are available at the Wilkinson Student Center Information Desk or at the door for $5.

All performances are in Spanish, but plot summaries will be provided in English.

“Las cortes de la muerte,” meaning the courts of death, is a morality play that involves actors portraying such roles as Death, Sin, Envy, Madness, Love, Man and the Devil.

Death convenes a court to determine the fate of Man. Each character talks about the nature of what they are and how they will try to drag Man down to keep him from God. In the end, Christ casts off the evil members of the court and Man repents.

The play is featured in the plot of “Don Quixote.”

Each year the Department of Spanish and Portuguese produces a Spanish Golden Age play using students from various majors. The performances are also student directed, with this year’s production directed by Laura Pratt.

Cast members include Jared White, Angela Weech, Chris Lewis, Andrea Antivilo, Deborah Pratt, Chris Nielsen, David Lindes, Rebeca Lindheimer, Anna-Lisa Halling and Sarah Butler.

For more information, contact Emily Davis at (801) 318-9059.

Writer: Brian Rust

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