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Calderón

1984

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Some Practical Thoughts On Producing Calderón’S Court Plays, Matthew D. Stroud Jul 1984

Some Practical Thoughts On Producing Calderón’S Court Plays, Matthew D. Stroud

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

Calderón's comedias de tramoyas present special problems to a modern producer attempting an authentic stage presentation. This article discusses possible answers to questions relating to staging (the theater itself, sets, the length of the performance, funding, etc.), direction, special effects, costumes, hairstyles, and text (cuts, versions, the use of loas and entremeses, etc.). In addition, court plays also require decisions about the music—tessitura, pitch, instrumentation, and orchestration—most of which must rely on conjecture rather than on concrete knowledge of the original. For each problem, it quickly becomes apparent that absolute authenticity is quite impossible. Stated generally, one ...