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Doña Rosita astonishes the audience that crowded the Principal Palace theater in Barcelona. The theater critic María Luz Morales says that it was amazing how the poet managed to make the audience laugh and cry at the same time. Lorca was surprised by her opinion and sought her out to meet her and thank her. Eduardo Haro also writes a review in La Libertad, where he says that Federico’s work proves that good theater can be performed in Spain. Lorca comments among journalists that he was going to send press copies to Granada so that the authorities would realize who he was besides being a playwright, which suggests that he did not feel very well liked, especially by those who governed the city at the time. In January 1936, the play had already been performed 47 times in the Catalan capital. It was also performed that spring in Mexico, where the poet had planned to travel to meet Margarita Xirgu.

Lorca reading Doña Rosita to Margarita Xirgu at the parador in Gredos. / Photo: margaritaxirgu.es where it appears as “García Lorca in Catalonia”. Antonina Rodrigo.
Lorca reading Doña Rosita to Margarita Xirgu at the parador in Gredos. / Photo: margaritaxirgu.es where it appears as
“García Lorca in Catalonia”. Antonina Rodrigo.