Other Plays by Catalan Authors

Josep Maria Benet i Jornet: DESIRE (Desig).

Translated by Sharon G. Feldman in Contemporary Catalan Plays. Ed. David

George and John London. London: Methuen Drama, 2000.

A husband and wife are spending time at their country house. She finds

herself bewildered when, on three separate occasions, she goes out with her

car and comes upon the same man stopped at the same place in the road with

his broken down automobile. On the third occasion, she finally stops and

offers the stranger help. Together, they go to a self-service cafeteria,

where they meet up with a mysterious woman, whose presence does not seem to

be completely accidental. The characters emerge as opaque silhouettes, drawn

with fine, imprecise lines. Their yearnings and anxieties are revealed

through alternating Aexterior@ dialogues and Ainterior@ soliloquies.

Minimal set and props, including a table and headlights from a car.

Premiere at Teatre Romea (Centre Dramàtic de la Generalitat de Catalunya),

February 8, 1991. Directed by Sergi Belbel.

Contact translator Sharon G. Feldman, Department of Spanish and Portuguese,

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

66045 USA. Tel: 785 864-5851 / Fax: 785 864 4298, or author through SGAE.

 

Sergi Belbel: FOURPLAY (Tàlem).

Translated by Sharon G. Feldman in Contemporary Catalan Plays. Ed. David

George and John London. London: Methuen Drama, 2000.

A postmodernist bedroom farce, in which an unfortunate set of circumstances

compel a married couple (parodying the Catalan Aobsession@ with design and

the universal tendency toward conspicuous consumption) to ask two friends, a

man and woman who have never met, to Ainaugurate@ their newly designed

marriage bed. Paradoxically, by the time the play is over, the bed is never

used. Thirty-eight scenes alternate between advancing the action in time and

taking it backwards. As an added twist, each scene is played twice, although

slightly altered in meaning, and reduced or extended, depending on the

context in which it is performed.

Minimal set and props to suggest a two by two meter bed.

Premiere at Teatre Romea (Centre Dramàtic de la Generalitat de Catalunya),

April 19, 1990. Directed by Sergi Belbel.

Contact translator Sharon G. Feldman, Department of Spanish and Portuguese,

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

66045 USA. Tel: 785 864-5851 / Fax: 785 864 4298, or author through SGAE.

 

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