Staging The Daffy Dame
by Anne García-Romero
About the Play:
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?
About the Playwright:
Anne García-Romero’s plays include Provenance (Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), Paloma (National Latino Playwriting Award runner-up), Earthquake Chica (National Latino Playwriting Award finalist), Mary Domingo (Goodman Theatre Commission), Mary Peabody in Cuba (National Latino Playwriting Award finalist), and many others. Her plays have been developed and produced Off Broadway and at regional theatres across the country. She has adapted her play Mary Peabody in Cuba, for screen with actor/director/producer, Andy Garcia. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, a PhD in Theatre Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and currently is an associate professor in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame.