Los Angeles' Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (BFA) opens their 1997 season with Misfortunes of a House, adapted and translated by Margarita Galban and Lina Montalvo from 17th century Mexican scholar Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. House begins previews Feb. 5, opens Feb. 7 and runs through Mar. 23.
Los Empenos de Una Casa, as it is titled in Spanish, is a farce following a group of young men who create mischief by initiating a love hunt. The goal is to find the maiden of choice, but any virtuous maiden will do. The comedy unfolds as each man and maiden must accept, however unwillingly, their fate.
Galban, artistic director of BFA, will also direct the production. Galban and Montalvo are responsible for last season's hit adaptation of BFA's, The House of Spirits.
Ines de la Cruz was renown in Colonial Mexico for her poems, essays, and dramas. Her 1693 controversial interpretation of the scriptures caused her to "voluntarily" renounce her studies, and she died two years later. 20th century Mexico has rediscovered and cultivated a new appreciation for Cruz's work.
Performances alternate weekly in English and Spanish. For tickets and more information, call (213) 225-4044, or refer to the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts regional listing on Playbill On-Line. --By Blair Glaser