The Sins of Sor Juana

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June 19 – July 25, 2010 In the Albert
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 10 minutes

Legendary Mexican poet Juana Inés de la Cruz writes expressive, sensual verse at the Viceroy’s court in the 1600s, a time when it was unfashionable—and sinful—for women to exercise their intellect. The Viceroy is jealous of Juana’s influence on his beautiful wife, the Vicereine, who has arranged a profitable marriage to ensure that Juana will always have a place at court. Believing his own marriage is threatened by Juana’s engagement, the Viceroy hires a charming, educated rogue to seduce Juana and destroy her reputation. When Juana refuses to compromise her poetry for what the church ordains appropriate, she stands to lose everything she loves.

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    Juana (Malaya Rivera Drew) finds comfort in the poetry she writes.

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    The Viceroy (Tony Plana) expresses his jealousy for Juana’s affect on his wife.

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    Don Silvio (Dion Mucciacito) skillfully seduces Juana (Malaya Rivera Drew).

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    (r to l) The Vicereine (Amy J. Carle) shows her adoration and love for Juana (Malaya Rivera Drew).

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    (r to l) Xochitl (Laura Crotte) tries to bridge the gap between Juana (Malaya Rivera Drew)’s past and present.

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    The ghosts of Juana (Malaya Rivera Drew)’s past come to haunt her in a vivid dream.

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    (center) Juana (Malaya Rivera Drew) commits herself to the church with help from the other nuns (l-r Isabel Quintero and Ilana Faust).

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    Padre Nuñez (Tony Plana) urges Sor Juana to control her writing and devote her poems to God.

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    Don Silvio (Dion Mucciacito) criticizes a recent poem written by Juana.

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    The Viceroy (Tony Plana) tries to articulate his love for The Vicereine (Amy J. Carle).

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    While Juana (Malaya Rivera Drew) hides beneath her bed, Don Fabio (Joe Minoso) sneaks into her room and openly expresses his intense feelings for her.

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    Padre Nuñez (Tony Plana) accepts Juana (Malaya Rivera Drew) into the church with the promise of freedom to write as she pleases.

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    Novice (Christina Nieves) practices her cross-stitch while learning of Sor Juana’s past.

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    The Sins of Sor Juana by Karen Zacarías, directed by Henry Godinez through July 25. Set design by Todd Rosenthal.

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