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La dama del alba

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Dramatic literature, Theatre



Original title

La dama del alba

The writer Alejandro Casona transports us to his native Asturias to speak of death.

This play by Alejandro Casona was premiered at the Teatro Avenida in Buenos Aires in November 1944. It was not performed in Spain until 1962 in a production directed by José Tamayo Rivas.

A four-act work, it is set in the Narcés family farmhouse in Asturias and relates the visit of a pilgrim, who turns out to be the very incarnation of death.

In addition to the theme of death and related issues, the play also deals with subjects such as treason, forbidden love and adultery. Dialogues are of great literary beauty, though not at the expense of human communication, belie certain touches of Lorca. Neither is the language devoid of a certain Asturian phonetic, vocabulary and syntax, a testament to the author's origin.


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