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It was the last play he premiered during his lifetime, which was staged at the Principal Palace Theater in Barcelona, on December 12, 1935, although it was originally scheduled for the 10th, but was postponed so that Lorca, who was in Madrid, had time to supervise the last rehearsals. Performers: Margarita Xirgu (Doña Rosita), Amalia Sánchez Ariño (Housekeeper), Eloísa Vigo (the aunt), Isabel Gisbert (first Manola), Isabel Pradas (second Manola), Eloísa Cañizares (third Manola), Juana Lamoneda (first spinster), Teresa Pradas (second spinster), Amelia de la Torre (third spinster), Emilia Millán (mother of the spinsters), Eloísa Cañizares (first Ayola), Antonia Calderón (second Ayola), Alejandro Maximino (the uncle), Pedro López Lagar (the nephew), Alberto Contreras (professor of Economics), José Cañizares (Mr. Martín), José Jordá (the boy) and Daniel Planas and C. Rivas Cherif (two workers). Director: Cipriano Rivas Cherif.

García Lorca, Margarita Xirgu and Rivas Cherif. / Photo: Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya.
García Lorca, Margarita Xirgu y Rivas Cherif. / Photo: Arxiu Nacional de Catalunya.

Lorca took care of the staging, from the music to the furniture, which he chose in Conrado Verdaguer’s antique shop on a Paja street. The score, written by the poet, presented Doña Rosita’s reverie to the rhythm of a waltz, highlighting the unreal and illusionary atmosphere. The sets and figurines were designed by Manuel Fontanals. The costumes, by Marbel.