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House of Desires

The Duke Department of Theater Studies presented House of Desires October 20-29, 2006. Rafael Lopez-Barrantes directed the production. House of Desires was written by a nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, in 1683 in Mexico City. Known for her insistence on pursuing her interests at a time when women had few options, Sor Juana is recognized as a proto-feminist. Because a convent was the only place where a woman could follow a path of learning and writing, she joined the Hieronymite Order, which fortunately allowed her the freedom to receive the most interesting people of her time as visitors -- and to observe their foibles. Here is the interpretation of Lopez-Barrantes and designer Amir Ofek, bringing this production to life.