Buero Vallejo: A Dreamer for the People

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Buero Vallejo: A Dreamer for the People

Aris & Phillips Hispanic Classics


January 1st, 1994



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Buero Vallejo is Spain's most important living playwright. His profound, innovative theatre has earned him success and respect since 1949. Each new play has been an exciting experiment with dramatic form as well as a powerful expression of a tragic view of human life and Spanish society. A Dreamer for the People was first performed in 1958. In this history play, the first of a remarkable series, culminating in La detonacion ( The Shot also published by Aris & Phillips), the dreamer of the title is the often maligned Marquis of Esquilache, the reformist minister of Carlos III. Buero sets off Esquilache's relations with the king, the aristocracy, his wife and his maidservant against a lively re-creation of the build-up to the famous 1766 Capes and Hats Revolt in the streets of Madrid. Public history and private tragedy are brought together in a complex structure, bringing into clear focus the clash between forces of change and immobility that lay at the heart of both the 18th century and the Franco period in Spain. In returning his proofs, Buero compliments the author of this first translation into English of his play: 'La version de Mr Thompson es muy cuidada y fiel, asi como acertadas y oportunas sus notas'.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page4
Copyright Page5
Further Reading11
Antonio Buero Vallejo: a sense of balance14
Historical theatre and Un soñador para un pueblo16
The motín de Esquilache: re-ordering the evidence19
Public history, private dramas: the creation of character25
Whose history? Differences of interpretation30
"Ése eres tú": the spirit of tragedy36
A DREAMER FOR THE PEOPLE- Un soñador para un pueblo46
El decorado - The Set47
Parte Primera - Part One51
Parte Segunda - Part Two137
NOTES to the play198