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by Fermín de Reygadas Edited by Pedro García-Caro
A Spanish Enlightenment era comedy of family mischief, Astucias por heredar un sobrino a un tío was the first scripted play to be performed in the West.
This eBook edition makes the play available for the first time in two centuries and contains an in-depth study of the play’s history, its author and the political and social environment in Alta California when it was written in 1789.
García-Caro’s transnational scholarship illuminates a buried play, simultaneously updating the narrative of California’s Spanish colonial history for audiences and theatre makers who don’t mind crossing the pond but draw a line at the río …