Spain’s One-Armed Bard

In the early 20th Century, bourgeois Spanish playwrights were writing the after-school specials of their time — flowery tales of everyday life that spewed hypocritical morality like a BP oil spill. But then came Ramón del Valle-Inclán, a scraggly bearded, one-armed bohemian who penned Divinas Palabras, a sordid tale about a grotesquely disfigured, preyed-upon midget whose mother forces him to travel from carnival to carnival begging for money. Valle-Inclán, considered the James Joyce of Spain, forever raised the rosy curtain on the theater world, introducing dark explorations and moral ambiguity to the stage and inspiring artists such as painter Salvador Dalí and director Guillermo del Toro.
Sun., July 11, 5 p.m., 2010

 
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