Staging the Daffy Dame
by Anne García-Romero
In the present, on the campus of a California public university, Lupe, a Latinx theatre professor, directs a production of the 1613 Spanish Golden Age comedy, La Dama Boba (The Daffy Dame), by Lope de Vega. Personalities collide onstage and off as the company grapples with the issues of race, class, and gender raised by the play. As opening night approaches, national politics begin to invade the personal lives of the company, and they begin to wonder: will love help them overcome differences and find a new kind of knowledge?