Other Representatives of the Theater of the Marvelous

Plays by Francisco Nieva

The Carriage of White Hot Lead (La Carroza de Plomo Candente)

Married to the King of Europe's daughter, Luis III inherits the throne of Spain as the nation clamors for an heir. Unfortunately Luis is impotent. Luis's wetnurse Garrafona brings the macho bullfighter Saturno and Liliana the goat, to remedy the situation. In the course of a black ritual she has prepared, she converts Liliana into the Venus Callipygus, but fails to stimulate any interest. The product of this ritual is the 12-year old newborn Tomás, son of Saturno and Luis, so rebellious that he must be killed.

4 men, 2 women, 1 boy. Single set: the King of Spain's bedroom.

First staged Fígaro Theatre, Madrid, 1976. Dir. José Luis Alonso.

Contact author through SGAE or translator: Emil Signes, 705 Tioga Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018-3318; emiliosignes@alum.mit.edu


Coronada and the Bull (Coronada y el Toro)

Zebedeo, the mayor of Farolillo de San Blas, is determined to maintain his town's traditional feast and the bullfight associated with it. His feminist sister Coronada speaks out against the tradition and is locked in her room for her opposition. The "Nun Man" arrives and announces "We are the last bull!" The Nun Man, Coronada and their friends are executed by Zebedeo but rise from their tomb and are carried away on the Snow Bull.

Approximately 11 men, 4 women, 2 boys, 3 girls. Various indoor and outdoor scenes of a small town in Spain.

First staged María Guerrero National Theatre, Madrid, 1982. Dir. Francisco Nieva.

Translated by Emil Signes. In DramaContemporary: Spain. Ed. Marion Peter Holt. New York: Performing Arts Journal Publications, 1985.

Contact author through SGAE or translator: Emil Signes, 705 Tioga Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018-3318; emiliosignes@alum.mit.edu


Translated by Phyllis Zatlin

Watch Out for Wolves

These fanciful plays are representative of Nieva's Theatre of Fantasy, Humor and Terror: works written for college-aged actors that draw on the melodramatic codes of classic Hollywood movies. The two "wolf-man" texts formed part of a trilogy performed successfully in 1995 at the Colline National Theatre in Paris (dir. Agathe Alexis).

Red Riding Hood, Part II (Caperucita y el otro)

Bored by Alex, her proper British husband, the adult Red Riding Hood yearns for the Wolf. The Wolf appears, Alex flees, and Red Riding Hood gets her wish to have a more exciting relationship. Grandmother accepts the Wolf into the family, but Red Riding Hood's resentment toward her grandmother and Alex's return lead to fatal consequences.

2 men, 3 women. Garden and interior of English cottage.

First presented as television play, Spain, 1979.

It's Not True (No es verdad)

Two young men and a young woman have been left to fend for themselves in their dilapidated family castles. Over the years, they have entertained themselves with stories of how one of them has become leader of a wolf pack. When the woman wishes to mate with the wolf-man and join the pack, her cousin attempts to intervene. Wolves attack the housekeeper and the cousin. Is the fanciful tale of a human leader of the wolf pack perhaps true after all?

3 men, 2 women.

Single set: interior of chateau in rural France.

Spanish premiere, 1988.

Contact translator (Fax: 1-732-932-9837, e-mail: zatlin@rci.rutgers.edu) or author through SGAE


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