Out of the Wings

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El retablo de las maravillas (1610-1615), Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


A short, one act play, but the action shifts from outside in the street to the location of the Puppet show, which is meant to be at Juan Castrado’s house.


Because the puppet show is invisible, this play can be performed with little or no set.

Cast number
Minimum Maximum
6 males 8 males
3 females 3 females
9 (total) 11 (total)
Cast information
plus extra townsfolk and soldiers
  • CHIRINOS, Female trickster
  • CHANFALLA, Male trickster
  • RABELÍN, A young boy, not a very talented musician
  • The GOVERNOR of the town
  • BENITO REPOLLO, Mayor of the town
  • Benito’s NEPHEW
  • JUAN CASTRADO, Alderman
  • PEDRO CAPACHO, Town Secretary
  • JUANA CASTRADA, Daughter of Juan Castrado, cousin of Teresa Repolla
  • TERESA REPOLLA, Cousin of Juana Castrata
  • BILLETING OFFICER (Quartermaster)
  • Townsfolk

Entry written by Kathleen Jeffs. Last updated on 4 October 2010.

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