Location: Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive, Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts (Map it)
In the midst of a dynastic power struggle for the crown of Castile, military commander Fernán Gómez returns victorious from battle to the small rural town of Fuente Ovejuna, where his acts of violence soon extend beyond the battlefield. The villagers repeatedly endure the Commander’s violation of their honor, until one day he goes too far – kidnapping the mayor’s daughter, Laurencia, and her fiancé on their wedding day. After making a daring escape, Laurencia galvanizes the town to finally extract their revenge but authorities are swiftly sent in to punish the offenders. In a show of solidarity, the villagers thwart their inquisitors and declare their loyalty to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in this Spanish Golden Age drama that remains a rallying cry for communal courage.