Project Report: Creating a Street Theatre in Madrid, Spain
Jaffe, Joel D.
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The class in street theatre at Kalamazoo College during the summer of 1970 instilled considerable enthusiasm in Kathy Hall and myself. Through our foreign study experiences in Spain, both of us ·had become familiar with Spanish theatre, and felt that street theatre would have a definite potential there, where this art form is generally confined to the cities. We felt that performing street theatre in the "pueblos" would be an exciting experience both for actors and audience. After consulting with Mrs. Nelda Balch and Mr. Clair Myers of the theatre department, and with Dr. Alfonsa Urtiaga, professor of Spanish, we·decided that we would prepare Schumann's "King's Story" that we had learned during the summer from two members of The Bread and Puppet Theatre and also another play, more universal in nature, dealing with Spanish legends. Our intent was to travel to pueblos on the day of their "fiesta" (nearly all Spanish towns have a special date which is set aside t!o pay homage to their patron saint, celebrating with feasts and dancing, etc.) and perform these plays wherever there were people. By changing names and adjusting a few facts, we could make the legend play coincide with the particular pueblo and the story of its patron saint. Our plan, from the very beginning, was to perform these plays in Spanish. Since Kathy is a Spanish major, and I a minor, we felt that this could be more than adequately done, even if we were to employ K students in the Madrid foreign study program; there would be no spoken dialogue, only a narrator, Kathy.
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