Ithaca College Theatre Presents “House of Desires”

By Ryan Dickson '18, October 4, 2021
Production offers spectators the rare opportunity to experience a Spanish Golden Age comedy.

After an 18 month absence, Ithaca College Theatre begins its 2021-2022 live, in person season with “House of Desires,” written by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and translated by Catherine Boyle. Presented in the Clark Theatre, performances run select dates between Oct. 5, 2021 and Oct. 9, 2021.

Translated from the original title, “Los Empeños de una Casa,” “House of Desires” offers spectators the rare opportunity to experience a Spanish Golden Age comedia that satirizes both Spanish society of the period in which it is set and the genre from which it springs. Set in 16th-century Spain, the play follows a complicated and confusing romantic love triangle between Don Pedro, Doña Leonor, Don Carlos, Dona Ana, and Don Juan, which reaches a boiling point.

In Ithaca College Theatre’s production, costume, music and set design transposes 16th century Spain to a fictional world that lies somewhere between the 16th century and the present. The design elements seek to open 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.

“House of Desires” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Ticket Information

“House of Desires” will be presented in the Clark Theatre on Oct. 5, Oct. 7, Oct. 8, and Oct. 9 at 8pm EST with a matinee performance on Oct. 9 at 2pm EST. Tickets are available for purchase Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., in person at the Dillingham Box Office located inside Dillingham Center, or by phone at 607-274-3224.

The Department of Theatre Arts proudly accommodates all patrons. Individuals are asked to contact to request accommodations as soon as possible.

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, Ignacio A. Torres ‘25, Nick Traficante ‘23, and Noa Webner ’24 (The Actors).
  • Understudies Ava Paulson ’24, Darby Dutter ’24, and Daniel Kroll ’24

The creative team features:

  • Marc Gomes, assistant professor of acting in the Department of Theatre Arts (Director)
  • Zach De Brino ’23 (Production Stage Manager)
  • Olivia Kirschbaum ’22 (Costume Designer)
  • Cora McKenna ’22 (Lighting Designer)
  • Hannah Sotnek ’22 (Scenic Deisgner)
  • Beth Truax ’22 (Sound Designer)