The love affairs of Emilia Pardo Bazán and Benito Pérez Galdós, an open secret from the late nineteenth century turned into news in 2020 due to the alleged discovery of intimate letters from that relationship that were given up for lost, will be talked about again with the premiere of the work Galdós In Love.
A show performed by two veterans of the scene, María José Goyanes and Emilio Gutiérrez Caba, created precisely from evocations of that romance that gave rise to the discovery years ago of another part of the correspondence that both maintained when they saw each other furtively.
The play will premiere this Thursday in the hometown of the author of the National Episodes, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, coinciding with the centenary year of the death of the so-called “father of Spanish Realism”.
Produced by the foundation that manages the Pérez Galdós theater in the island capital, in collaboration with the Euroscena company, The work does not pretend, in any case, to “recreate the sentimental relationship” of both writers or “get into intimate things” by speculating on the furtive encounters they had., as highlighted in his presentation to the media by the playwright Alfonso Zurro, author of the texts and director of the montage.
Zurro has stated that, from a personal desire to “see the historical figures from the outside”, without trying to put himself in their shoes or in their heads, he has opted to do an original proposal, which alludes to the love they had and the subsequent heartbreak, but from the perspective of those who analyze the significance of private events that are of interest to affect public figures.
And, especially, “how the stories of the great creators have repercussions in other times”, even a century after they disappeared.
“Lots of comedy”
Alfonso Zurro has also warned that, although there are “serious parts” in the show, where they speak seriously, he has chosen to “also do a lot of comedy”, so that it does not “overwhelm the genius” that Pérez Galdós was and that “the public enjoy and have a good time.”
This objective has been shared by María José Goyanes, who assumes the challenge of this premiere as “an enormous responsibility” and with the joy of “having fulfilled a dream”, because for years she had been determined to participate in a scenic project based on the Canary and Galician letters.
Goyanes has also assured that for her it is a “very fun” job. “We had a wonderful time and I hope, I wish, that happens to the public as well.”
Along these lines, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba has advanced that his is “a festive montage”, since “it is going to talk about two people who loved each other”.
All this within the framework of a play in which María José Goyanes has revealed that not only are Pérez Galdós and Pardo Bazán played, since each of the actors embodies up to five different characters throughout their plot, although they have not offered more details, guided by a desire to “reserve some surprises for the public” that Emilio Gutiérrez Caba has said that actors always have.