La Segua brings social issues to the stage

Everyone knows the story of La Segua, the beautiful woman who transforms into the face of a horse with rotting flesh during a late night tryst with a solitary male.

She is one of the classic Costa Rican creatures that were designed as morality lessons.

But what if she were real?

That is the theme of a play called “La Segua” being presented in the  Teatro de la Aduana by the Compañía Nacional de Teatro. The play runs Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. through June 14.

The principal character is beautiful Encarnación Sancho, a young resident of Cartago in 1750, played by Rebeca Alemán. The girl is a narcissist and egotist and maybe a bit demented, according to a summary. She sees herself as La Segua.

At another level, the play is a commentary on the condition of women then and now as well as the role forced on men. Also addressed are double morality, religious problems and economic power, according to the theater company.

The work was first performed in 1971.

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