By Alejandro Casona

Lady of the Dawn (La dama del alba)

Death in the guise of a wandering pilgrim stops one evening at a farmhouse in Asturias with the idea of taking a family member with her on her journey. As she plays games with the children of the family, she experiences something of life itself while on her mission of death. She eventually helps unravel the mystery surrounding the disappearance four years earlier of Angélica, the family's oldest child. The play includes many elements of Spanish folklore, especially legends pertaining to St. John's Eve, when miracles are thought to occur.

5 women in major roles, plus 4 who appear briefly in Act IV
3 men in major roles, plus 3 who appear briefly in Act IV
3 children (1 female, 2 male)

Single set of a rustic farmhouse with a view of the countryside that changes from winter in Acts I and II to summer in Acts III and IV

First staged Teatro Avenida, Buenos Aires, November, 1944

Translated by Donald B. Gibbs, 4733 N. 109th Circle, Omaha, NE 68164; donato@creighton.edu
Publisher: Spanish Literature Publications Co.: Rock Hill, SC, 1998.

 

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