House of Desires

HOUSE OF DESIRES Poster. Design by Chris Boyle.

Design by Chris Holden

by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, translated by Catherine Boyle

Directed by Marc Gomes

Clark Theatre

House of Desires or The Trials of a Noble House both translated titles from the original Los Empeños de una Casa, by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz offers spectators a rare opportunity to witness a Spanish Golden Age comedia that successfully satirizes both the Spanish society of the period in which it is set and the genre from which it springs. Satire, however, does not fully capture the social commentary and broad farce skillfully intertwined to produce this entertaining play.

Set in the house of the siblings Don Pedro and Doña Ana, the beleaguered Leonor arrives on the run from an attempt on the lives of herself and Don Carlos. Doña Ana however has herself fallen for Carlos after tiring of Don Juan’s affection for her. Ana’s brother Don Pedro is also in love with Leonor and has set the intricate trap that brings Leonor to his and his sister’s house. Castaño and Celia the servants of Carlos and Ana add the fuel to this complicated fire that can’t be put out until the romantic confusion reaches a boiling point.

In this production, costume, music and set design transposes 16th Century Spain to a fictional world that lies somewhere the 16th Century and the present. The design elements seek to open for the audience the closed doors of a society dominated by the institutional forces of the Church that continuously push women to the margins as it seeks to uphold suffocating patriarchal values and the honor code of Spanish nobility. 

Performance Schedule

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 8:00pm (Preview)

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 8:00pm (Opening Night)

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 8:00pm 

Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2:00pm

Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 8:00pm

Cast and Creative Team Information

The cast of House of Desires features:

  • Elizah Knight ’23 (Doña Ana)
  • Noa Yehudayan ’24 (Celia)
  • Lucas Hakoshima ’23 (Justice and Don Rodrigo)
  • Emily Mesa ’22 (Doña Leonor)
  • Achille Vann Ricca ’23 (Don Carlos)
  • Anna Babbitt ’23 (Castaño)
  • Jeff Hines-Mohrman ’22 (Don Pedro)
  • Will DeVary ’22 (Hernando)
  • Will Ingram ’24 (Don Juan)
  • Christian Burdick ’25, Michael Louis Curcio ‘22, Brooklyn Moore ‘25 (Chorus)
  • Noa Webner ’24 (Chorus/ U/S Doña Ana)
  • Nick Traficante ‘23 (Chorus/ U/S Don Carlos)
  • Ignacio Torres-Borges ‘25 (Chorus/ U/S Costaño)
  • Daniel Kroll ’24 (U/S Don Juan/Don Rodrigo/Hernando)
  • Ava Paulson ’24 (U/S Doña Leonor/Cover for Celia)
  • Darby Dutter ’24 (U/S Celia)

The creative team features:

  • Marc Gomes, Assistant Professor of Acting (Director)
  • Olivia Kirschbaum ’22 (Costume Designer)
  • Cora McKenna ’22 (Lighting Designer)
  • Hannah Sotnek ’22 (Scenic Deisgner)
  • Beth Truax ’22 (Sound Designer)
  • Zach De Brino ’23 (Production Stage Manager)

How to purchase tickets?

If you would like to purchase tickets to House of Desires, or have any questions or concerns about this production, visit the Ithaca College Theatre Box Office in Dillingham Center or call us at 607-274-3224.