In the village of Garganta la Olla, the aristocratic Captain Don Lucas de Carvajal demands the house of a wealthy old peasant, Giraldo, to lodge his soldiers. Gila, Giraldo’s daring and spirited daughter, defies the Captain, chasing him out of town at rifle point. The humiliated Captain vows revenge, setting off a course of events that end up in the desolate and remote sierra of La Vera. Wild Thing is a wild play full of comic and tragic extremes, featuring one of Spanish theater’s most extraordinary protagonists, Gila. This is the first time it has ever been presented in English. This production uses the Artist Engagement Services of the University Resident Theatre Association.
University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Theater
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Department of Theater has been a vibrant place for training theater artists for more than 45 years, with a recent emphasis on producing new and socially conscious works that speak to our times. We are proud to have presented many works from or inspired by early modern Spain and Latin America, most of them world premiere translations, and all of them by women playwrights or featuring strong women protagonists, including Sor Juana’s House of Desires, Calderón’s Life is a Dream, Tirso de Molina’s Marta the Divine (presented at Chamizal National Memorial, 2010) and Love the Doctor, Megan McClain’s Unruly Mujeres, Ana Caro’s Suitors, and now Vélez de Guevara’s Wild Thing.