by Federico García Lorca
The Public was written in 1930, but it was only released 56 years later. It is considered one of the most important plays of Spanish theatre of the 20th century.It is a Surrealist play, which is ambiguous as we move between hallucination and dramatic reality. It studies repressed homosexual desires and it defends the right to erotic freedom. The play falls into the genre of Lorca’s Impossible theatre with such plays as: Así que pasen cinco años and La Comedia sin título.
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Federico García Lorca
Born in Fuente Vaqueros (Granada), he was a Spanish poet, playwright and prose writer assigned to the generation of 27. He was the most influential and popular poet in 20th century Spanish literature. As a playwright, he is considered one of the masters of twentieth-century Spanish theatre, along with Valle-Inclán and Buero Vallejo. He was assassinated by the rebels a month after the coup d’état at the start of the Spanish civil war.
He wrote both poetry and theatre, although in recent years he focused more on the latter, staging as well as writing plays. In his first books of poetry he showed himself rather modernist, following in the footsteps of Antonio Machado, Rubén Darío and Salvador Rueda. Later, he combined Modernism with the Avant-garde, starting from a traditional base.
As for his theatrical work, Lorca used lyrical, mythical, and symbolic features, and went to both popular song and Calderonian excesses or to puppet theatre. In his theatre the visual is as important as the linguistic, and drama always predominates.
Today Federico García Lorca is the most widely read Spanish poet of all time and on November 11, 2008 the Library of the Instituto Cervantes in Tokyo was opened under the name of Federico García Lorca.
Play by Federico García Lorca
Directed by Jorge de Juan
Camera Operator Liam Daly
Lighting Designer Fernando Benito
Composer/Sound Designer Yaiza Varona
Set Designer Ángel Haro