English Translations of The Pasos of Lope de Rueda
As performed by the St. George Street Players of St. Augustine FL 1981-1992
(All of the pasos listed by title are translated and prepared for publication.)
First set: 7 pasos
El Deleitoso (The Delightful)
[To see first page of each of these Pasos, Click here] I. Los Criados (The Servants) (now available) cast of 3: a lackey, a bobo servant, their master. A wayward lackey dallies in town on errands, and gets in trouble when his tongue-tied friend keeps saying the wrong thing.
II. La Caratula (The Mask) cast of 2: master and bobo servant. Master frightens his servant with a trick but the trick backfires when he is found out.
III. Cornudo y Contento (Cuckolded & Content) 3 men, 1 woman. (Adult content) An impossibly naïve husband’s faith in his wife cannot be shaken, no matter how obvious is her infidelity.
IV. El Convidado (The Guest) 3 men: traveler, lawyer and gradúate student. A country fellow naively accepts a rhetorical dinner invitation from a poverty stricken lawyer, who subsequently is tricked by his student neighbor.
V. La Tierra de Jauja (The Land of HaHa) A bobo and two thieves. A bobo is conned out of his pot of stew with a distraction game by two thieves.
VI. Pagar y No Pagar (To Pay or Not to Pay) 3 men, an hidalgo, a bobo servant, a thief. A servant is sent into town to pay the rent on his master’s property, but a sneak thief pretends to be the landlord and gives him a fake receipt; master and servant return to town to find the thief and a grand chase ensues.
VII. Las Aceitunas (The Olives) 1 man, 2 women, and a neighbor. Papa comes home after planting an olive shoot and a grand family argument erupts over the price to be charged for the olives 25 years hence. The most widely known of Lope’s works.
Second set: 6 pasos
El Registro de Los Representantes (The Actors’ Selections) To see the first page of four of these selections, click here.
I. El Bollo Mantecado (The Buttered Loaf) 3 men, 1 woman: Two servants, a patient and a physician. A clever lackey persuades a bobo servant to pose as their master, the physician in order to obtain the loaf of buttered bread brought as payment by a patient, with hilariously disastrous results.
II. Los Ladrones (The Kindly Thief) 4 men: An old thief, two young thieves and a naïve country fellow. Two young thieves seek advice about how to survive living a life of crime; and they practice their trickery on a hapless passerby.
III. Los Desposorios (The Betrothal) (not yet available)
IV. Madrigalejo (Madrigalejo) 3 men: a notorious criminal, a young fool who admires him, and a sheriff. When bothered by a wide-eyed young fan, a notorious thief implicates the young lad in his crimes.
V. El Rufiano Cobarde (The Cowardly Ruffian) (not yet available)
VI. Los Turrones Perdidos (The Missing Turrones) 5 people; master or mistress, two pages, a bobo servant, and a servant from Gascon. Missing candy sets the household in pandemonium; lots of running and yelping. And make sure you have slapsticks on your prop list.
Third set: 13 Pasos
Los Entresacados (The Excerpts) Pasos excerpted from longer plays.
I. Los Duelistas (The Duel) 3 men: two lackeys and a page. A young, brash, lackey challenges an older, experienced lackey to a duel over an absurd, imagined slight; lots of bravado and elaborate rhetoric while both try to figure a way out of actually dueling.
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III. El Remedio (The Cure) 2 women, 1 man. Bobo servant comes to serving girl looking for a cure because he cannot open his eyes. The cure is worse than the ailment.
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VII. La Gitana (The Gypsy) 1 man, 1 woman. A gypsy plies the old pigeon drop con game, relieving a servant of his master’s gold coin, gold chain, and cape.
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X. La Hojaldra (The Puff Pastry) 2 characters: Leno, the bobo servant Is sent to deliver a pastry, but he took only a little taste……a whole bunch of times….and now he must use his wits…
XII. El Sueno (Leno’s Dream) 2 characters: Leno and a Harpy. Leno has awakened from a nap thinking that he is a donkey.
XIII. El Raton (The Rat) 2 characters: Leno and his master (or mistress) Leno has returned late from his mission to get firewood. He disguises himself as a huge rat from the New World and tells a tall tale to distract from his failure to bring the firewood.