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La dama boba (1613), Lope de Vega Carpio


This is a three-act comedia.


There are two locations: Illescas and Madrid. There is dancing and singing.  There are also scenes that take place both indoors and outdoors, but most of this is referenced in the dialogue and could be accomplished with lighting and a very simple set.

Cast number
Minimum Maximum
8 males 12 males
3 females 4 females
11 (total) 16 (total)
  • LISEO, Young gentleman
  • TURÍN, Lackey
  • LEANDRO, Gentleman
  • OTAVIO, Old man
  • MISENO, Friend of Otavio
  • DUARDO, Gentleman
  • LAURENCIO, Gentleman
  • FENISO, Gentleman
  • RUFINO, Instructor
  • NISE, Noble lady
  • FINEA, Noble lady, Nise’s sister (and the Foolish lady of the title)
  • CELIA, Maidservant
  • CLARA, Maidservant
  • PEDRO, Lackey

Entry written by Kathleen Jeffs. Last updated on 12 May 2012.

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