'In Spite of Love' ('El desdén con el desdén')

'In Spite of Love' ('El desdén con el desdén')

GALA stages the popular Golden Age Spanish comedy, El desdén con el desdén, by Agustin Moreto.

In this masterpiece of Spanish theatre, a Count and Princess have vowed never to fall in love —and then they meet each other! Princess Diana has disdained love and marriage even as three suitors try to woo her. In order to win the affection of the indifferent princess, Count Urgel feigns his own disdain for her and sets off a series of madcap comic situations.

In one of the most popular comedies to come out of Spain’s Golden Age, Moreto creates colorful characters that move with poetic drama through Spain’s lavish aristocracy of the 17th century.

“With the production of this popular Spanish comedy, GALA celebrates Hispanic Heritage month in the nation’s capital,” states director Hugo Medrano. “I was drawn to El desdén con el desdén because of the smooth unfolding of the story and its clear psychological nuances. Brimming with wit, there is an interesting atmosphere in the play of discreet, almost licentious eroticism that I wanted to explore. Although overshadowed today by Lope de Vega, Moreto was highly respected by his peers in 17th century Spain,” continues Medrano. “It is a joy to introduce him and El desdén con el desdén to Washington audiences.”

The Noche de GALA and Press opening is Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8 pm, under the patronage of the Ambassador of Spain to the United States, His Excellency Ramon Gil-Casares. There will be a reception with the artists following the performance.

Performed in Spanish with English surtitles on Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 3 pm. Buy tickets online, or call (800) 494-8497 / (202) 234-7174. Check out GALA’s SPAINRED profile.

  • Performing arts
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 13, 2012Oct 7, 2012


GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th Street, NW Washington, DC 20010

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Supported by the Embassy of Spain in Washington, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport - State Secretariat for Culture, Spain-USA Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.