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Huntington University Presents Fuente Ovejuna

On November 13 and 14, 2020, the Huntington University Theatre Company performed Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega, translated by Adrian Mitchell and directed by Adam Sahli. Featuring 15 students and one professor, the group brought one of the best-known Spanish Golden Age plays to the stage for two performances in person and via livestream..

Originally published in 1619, Fuente Ovejuna tells the story of an oppressed village banding together to escape from their tyrannical commander. When the military leader, The Commander, tries to use his power to obtain women from the village and threatens Laurencia’s life, Laurencia’s soon-to-be fiancé threatens to kill him if he doesn’t let her go. The story follows the village as they come together to kill The Commander, even gaining the attention of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella and causing the monarchs to reconsider their leadership responsibility. The play was made into a movie in 1948.

The cast list for the Huntington University Theatre Company production of Fuente Ovejuna included:

  • Laurencia - Paris Dirscherl
  • Frondoso - Nick Robinson
  • Commander - Dan Isaacs
  • Pascuala - EJ Hancock
  • Barrilda/Isabella - Julia Till
  • Mengo - Elias Collier
  • Jacinta/Manrique - Tia Dewitt
  • Flores - Amanda York
  • Ortuna - Annalise Shepard
  • Master of the Calatrava - Alex Koontz
  • Esteban – Dr. Bruce Evans
  • Juan Rojo - Joesph Landon
  • Alonsa - Anna Dennie
  • King Ferdinand - Victor Fink
  • Cimbranos/ Alderman 2 - Ella Doron
  • Leonelo/Mother Superior Olivia/Alderman 1/Young Boy (Off-stage) - Grace O’Brien