Ecglogue of Plácida and Vitoriano
by Juan del Encina

   This guide to castilian theater will ignore a theory asserting that dramatic activity never existed in Castile. Play of the Three Magic Kings is much more than an exception coming from Europe. It proofs the existence of a steady castilian dramatic tradition.
   Things have changed after discovering of new texts and a comparative study of our theater inside a romanic context. Indeed finding of lost plays is always possible and can modify our present point of view.

La Celestina
(Sevilla, 1523)

   Anyway, we still ignore wich were the literary works devoted to scene and wich were texts for an animated reading.
   Tradition has chosen between the canon of possible texts, those that could be performed or not. We respect the scholar’s authority when we introduce this exposition of medieval theatre, but we point out to the provisional nature of our view. Scholar authority let us go beyond the limits of year 1500: we stablish 1513 for medieval theater and 16th century for derivations of La Celestina.
   We cannot even assert many things on performance of our masterwork, the Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea. These pages will be no more than a guiding introduction.



D.Miguel Pérez Rosado.
Ph. D. in Hispanic Philology.