No. 22 Eduardo Galán and Javier Garcimartín: INN DISCRETIONS (La posada del Arenal). Translated by Leonardo Mazzara. 2002.

Parody of Spanish Golden Age and Shakespearean drama that utilizes all the conventions of Western comedy: a shell game of identical trunks, clever disguises, multiplication of mistaken identities, cross-dressing, acrobatic feats, and physical comedy. Yet, despite the comedy, Inn Discretions promises more than mere farce. There is a dark side to this play that seems at first glance so much ado about nothing. Galán and Garcimartín write a sharp satire on the exaggerated importance of money in a social context of economic inequality. Farce thus comments on greed.

One set, suggesting interior of two-story inn
4 young men (one of whom performs acrobatic stunts), 1 old man, 3 young women

World premiere: Dir. Fernando Rojas, 16 February 1990 by the Compañía Teatro del Arte at the Teatro Cervantes in Alcalá de Henares. Repeated performances in Madrid and surrounding region, 1990 and 1993.

Contact translator: Leonardo Mazzara. 500 Brunelle Crescent, Tecumseh, Ontario CANADA
N8N 4H7; Phone: 519-735-2956


La posada del Arenal (Inn Discretions), Alcalá de Henares, 1990. Dir. Fernando Rojas. Set and costumes designed by Lorenzo Collado.

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