Wild Thing

three female Siglo era characters on stage with crosses in the background

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.





Lucas La Guardia


Gregory Boover


Catherine Newell

Martina, Vendor, Inés

Alison Butts

Pablo, Vendor, Don Rodrigo

Dylan Castro


Tyler DiBenedetto

Brás, Vendor, Corporal, Traveler, Trooper

John H. Llewellyn


Jessica Maldonado

Pascuala, Vendor

Taylor Mickens

Llorente, Andrés, Trooper

Terrance J. Peters

Antón, Fight Master, Sergeant, Trooper

Nick Richard

García, Geronimo

Noah Lewis Bailey


Elisabeth Goncalves


Robert Morse

Gregory Boover is a member of Actors' Equity Association.

Technical Team


Gina Kaufmann

Associate Director

Josh Glenn-Kayden


Eric Sawyer

Music Director

Anthony Ferreira

Fight Choreographer

Ryan Winkles

Stage Manager

Colin Fodaski

Scenic Designer

Sean Sanford

Lighting Designer

Penny Remsen

Associate Lighting Designer

Erin MacDevitt

Costume Designer

Mikayla Reid

Assistant Director

Gabriel CiFuentes

Assistant Lighting Designer

Sydney Becker

Assistant Costume Designers

Kayla Marshall, Ryan Taylor

Assistant Stage Managers

Rebecca Hetherson, Caitlyn Baker, Liz Diamond

Dramaturgical Consultant

Finn Lefevre

Spanish Language Consultant

Elisabeth Goncalves

Gina Kaufmann is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

El Paso Production and Technical Crew

Production Manager

Julie Fife

Wardrobe Supervisor

Felicia Malachite

Lighting Associate

Erin MacDevitt

Scenic Associate

Al Sanchez

Last updated: March 29, 2019

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