The Heresy of Love


“Where in the Bible does it say that girls cannot be wise? Show me, prove to me beyond all doubt that fact, and then I will be silent.”

Set in a 17th Century Mexico City convent, The Heresy of Love imagines the life of one of the era’s foremost intellectuals—a nun named Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Writing during the Inquisition, Juana’s plays and poems were acclaimed by the Court, but criticized by many in the Church for their secular themes. When a zealous new archbishop arrives to silence her, Juana must find a way to defend her life of the mind. Edmundson writes The Heresy of Love in the style of Spanish Golden Age Drama, weaving a tale of betrayal, desire, mistaken identity, and raw ambition.

The School Of Theatre And Dance At Illinois State University

The School of Theatre and Dance at Illinois State University trains the next generation of theatre professionals. Offering top graduate and undergraduate programs in acting, directing, theatre/film studies, dance, design, and theatre education, the School produces eight Mainstage Productions each season as well as two dance concerts. The University is the home to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, an acclaimed classical theatre company that produces a summer repertory of professional productions in a beautiful open-air theatre on the grounds of the Ewing Cultural Center.

Illinois State University is renowned for the success of its graduates. A partial list of alumni includes John Malcovich, Jane Lynch, Sean Hayes, Judith Ivey, Laurie Metcalf, Rondi Reed, Jeff Perry, LaRoyce Hawkins, and Cecilia Suarez. The School of Theatre and Dance prides itself on the dedication of its past and current students, and their contribution to American cultural life.

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