|Escena Teatral by Mauricio Mora|
Welcome to the XXXII Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival – the longest running festival of its kind in the world. This year, the festival will present five plays from some of the most acclaimed playwrights of the period performed by national and international companies including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. The free performances are from Thursday February 28 to Sunday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. These are offered in Spanish and are suitable for the whole family.
Since its modest beginning at the Chamizal National Memorial, located in El Paso Texas, in the spring of 1976, the Siglo de Oro Spanish Drama Festival has attained an international reputation for featuring quality presentations from Spain's Golden Age, in both English and Spanish, by theatrical groups from all over the world. The Festival celebrates Spain's “Golden Age” in which luminaries such as Lope de Vega, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and Calderón de la Barca left a heritage of classical drama that has enriched the world with its beauty and passion.
Over the years, symposia in both El Paso and Ciudad Juárez have provided a rich experience to both scholars and audience members with a vivid comparison and discussion of the original literary form inspired by the modern theatre productions staged at the Festival.
The Siglo de Oro targets all Spanish Drama lovers all over the world, placing particular focus on students. Every year, hundreds of students are offered the opportunity to examine the contemporary world through the relevant eyes of the past and to understand that, although material culture may change, people and emotions have remained the same through the centuries.
The presentations instill in the students a sincere love of literature and a keen appreciation of their language and traditions. The Siglo de Oro Drama Festival remains as an important cultural manifestation and an endeavor that contributes genuinely and effectively to our society on both sides of the U.S. – Mexico Border. Over the past thirty-one years the Festival has hosted more than 250 productions from fifteen countries, involving more than 150 directors and 3,000 cast members, playing before a combined audience of over 125,000.