Civic Responsibility or Directorial Prerogative: Ignacio García's Political Staging of Calderón's La cisma de Inglaterra
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Abstract:

In his 2015 staging of Calderón's La cisma de Inglaterra on the boards of Madrid's Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico, under the title of Enrique VIII y La cisma de Inglaterra, the director Ignacio García discerned three possible readings of the playwright's text: (1) a "religious" approach centering on the "great matter," a momentous schism between the Anglican and Catholic Churches perpetrated by Enrique VIII; (2) a "melodramatic" emphasis on a tragic love triangle between a king and two queens; and (3) a "civic-political" focus on what happens when a leader privileges private passions and abandons governmental responsibilities. García presented himself as a "barometer of society" in opting to meditate on issues of civic responsibility vis-à-vis political and administrative corruption.