Laughter and love are major themes of Northeastern’s next student theatre production, The Phantom Lady
, a 17th-century Spanish cloak-and-dagger play about a young widow’s use of deception to communicate with a man who falls in love with her.
The play opens Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. at the Curry Student Center Theatre and runs through Sunday, Nov. 17. It is directed by Jonathan Carr
, an assistant academic specialist in the Department of Theatre
. “The play is one that I’ve wanted to do for about a decade now,” Carr explained. “I read it on a beach and just fell in love with it. It’s charming, and it has romance, intrigue, and sword fighting. It checks off a lot of the themes that audiences really love.”
The Phantom Lady
was written in 1629 by Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca, whom Carr labeled as a contemporary of William Shakespeare. “Calderón’s plays have a tendency to feel almost familiar, like they are in the same world Shakespeare inhabited,” he said. “You are in this world of rich language and complex characters, but Calderón’s plays take different turns that surprise us.”