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Sins Of Sor Juana, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Sins Of Sor Juana, The

Karen Zacarias

Full Length Play, Drama

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9781583420614

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Full Length Play

Drama

Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz, one of the first published poets of the Americas, was born in Mexico in 1648, a poor and illegitimate child. She became renowned for her intelligence and ambition when, at the age of 12, she tried sneaking into the University of Mexico by dressing as a man. The viceregal court of New Spain heard about this phenomenal girl and invited her to join the court, where she developed an extremely close relationship with the vicereine. By all records Juana was a very attractive, complex, witty and difficult young woman. She wrote and read voraciously. Her circumstances and intelligence provoked admiration and envy. However, when she was 17, she suddenly and inexplicably left the viceregal court to join a convent. There are theories about failed love, fear of marriage and her sexual identity. In the convent her focus was not God, but writing—and her work and poetry expressed a feminism centuries ahead of her time. For years while the church struggled to silence her she resisted and continued writing until, one day, she wrote a declaration in her own blood, vowing never to write again. She remained true to her word and died soon after. This play is a researched fantasy that explores the two turning points in this woman's life. Flexible staging. Approximate running time: 120 minutes.
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3m, 4f

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Karen Zacarias

In 2008, Karen Zacarías had five world premieres:, the sold-out Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure at the Kennedy Center, the hit The Book Club Play at Round House Theater & later the Berkshire Summer Festival, and Looking for Roberto Clemente at Imagination Stage. Her adaptation of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents played at the Round House, and her play on Voltaire ... view full profile

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