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The Labyrinth of Desire

by Caridad Svich
Adapted & translated from Lope de Vega’s "La Prueba de los Ingenios"

October 14, 15, 16*, 20, 21, 22, 2022

William Inge Memorial Theatre

The performance on Friday, October 21 will be available to view online via livestream. Visit Livestreamed Performances for more information and to reserve tickets.


Masquerading suitors pursue Laura for her beauty, her wit, and her dowry. When Florela’s fiancé Alejandro joins the pursuit, Florela pursues him. She goes undercover, befriending Laura and falling in love with her too. This breezy comedy of romance and hijinks asks, “what compels us to hide our true self” and “to what lengths will we go to satisfy desire?” Adapted from Lope de Vega’s play La Prueba de los Ingenios, The Labyrinth of Desire’s sharp dialogue and timeless themes mixes cloak and dagger comedy alongside contemporary drama to question the power of love and transformation.

Creative Team

Directed by Paris Crayton III
Associate Direction by Gabrielle Smith
Choreography by Paris Crayton III & Gabrielle Smith
Scenic & Costume Design by Lindsay Webster
Lighting Design by Kelly Vogel
Dramaturgy by Renee Cyr
Stage Management by Kaitlin Nelke

Cast

Florela - Betsy Armstrong
Ricardo - Cooper Holmes
Alejandro - Farrukhbek Varisov
Camacho - Marek Skeeba
Laura - Allison FitzSimmons
Finea - Promita Dey
Paris - Myles Hollie
Estacio - Asher Suski
Duchess - Basia Schendzielos


Patron Information

  • Due to the intimate nature of the Inge Theatre there will be no late seating for this production.
  • There is no reserved seating for this production. Patrons who use wheelchairs or need seating accommodations may contact the box office to make specific arrangements.
  • Patrons are encouraged to wear masks when attending performances.

Ticket Information

  • Tickets are available in person at the University Theatre Box Office in Murphy Hall, by calling 785-864-3982, or online at the links below.

Ticket Prices

  • Adults - $20

  • Children - $10

  • KU Faculty/Staff - $15

  • KU Students - $15 ($10 if purchased in advance)

  • Senior Citizens - $15

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