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House of Desires

By turns sly, subversive, witty, and goofy, this little-known romantic farce will delight audiences.

Those Women Productions presents House of Desires (Los empeños de una casa) by the 17th century Mexican poet, playwright, and theologian, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. This comedy of intrigue, deemed one of the most famous works from late Baroque Spanish-American literature, features a pair of couples pining to be together amid a never-ending gamut of jealous lovers, sword fights, rivalries, disguises and duplicities. Playwright Sor Juana — herself a nun from the age of 19 — creates passionate and strong-willed characters who speak their minds, and her work subtly criticizes the social, racial, and gender-based barriers of her day. This work is considered in many circles to be the pinnacle of Sor Juana's writings as well as throughout all Mexican literature, and is a rare theatric piece of colonial Latin America. Performances are Fri-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun at 2pm, plus Thursday 8/11 at 7:30pm.

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Weekly on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Jul 29, 2022 through Aug 14, 2022

7:30PM - 9:30PM


La Val’s Subterranean - 1834 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA, 94709 1834 Euclid Ave Berkeley 94709 CA US

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(510) 761-5656

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