Sancho Panza in the island (Sancho Panza en la ínsula de Barataria)

Sancho Panza in the island is the theatrical adaptation Alejandro Casona made of chapter 51 of the second part of Don Quixote, written by Cervantes. In it, Sancho Panza, in a certain way, constitutes a revenge against the Dukes who make fun of Don Quixote. They thought that Sancho would govern the insula Barataria in a laughable way and the truth is that he is always reasonable, measured and correct in all his actions. This is demonstrated in the riddle raised at the beginning of the work, to which Sancho Panza gives a reasonable solution following the advice of his master. Sancho must solve a series of lawsuits, sometimes annulling the law, and others, using his ingenuity to favor the honest and deceived, and blame the liar and exploited.

Sancho finally gives up that position, which does not go with him, saying one of the sentences that best portrays him in the work of Cervantes: “Naked I was born, naked I find myself, I neither lose nor win”.

RELEVANT FACTS: This play was born as a result of the assignment they did to Alejandro Casona of participating in the theater of the people of the Teaching Missions promoted by the Government of the Second Republic. The playwright then decided to adapt to the theater episodes of Don Quixote of La Mancha, the Decameron and others, which were represented by university students of Spain.

Casona was one of the most important Spanish writers of the 20th century. He lived between Spain and Latin America, where his work had a great success in cinema and theatre, especially in Argentina, where several movies about his work were produced. He received the Premio Nacional de Literatura and the Premio de Teatro Lope de Vega, among others.


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