|ALSO NOT A DRAG QUEEN.|
I am ashamed to admit that, until my first visit to Sevilla in early 2011, I had no idea who Lope de Vega was. So, when I noticed a small poster advertising what looked like some very avant garde, campy theater, I thought he was a local drag queen. Not so.
Lope de Vega (1562–1635) is one of the most prolific authors in the history of literature. He is said to have transformed Spanish baroque theater. Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) called him “the phoenix of wits” and he is sometimes referred to internationally as “the Spanish Shakespeare.” Shame on me! The poster I had seen (and I’ve seen many since) was promoting a play being performed at the Lope de Vega Theater here in Sevilla.
So, this post in truth really doesn’t have much to do with drag queens. The opening photo is of Jerry’s father dressed up for a PTA (Parent Teacher Association) fundraiser in the 1950s. Jerry’s father did not have a drag name. And it’s just as well. He obviously wouldn’t have had much of a career. He also was a very good sport and wouldn’t have minded at all that I’ve shared this photo.
So, What’s It About?
This post is about some of the original pavilions — beginning with the Lope de Vega Theater — that were built here for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 (for which the Plaza de España was created) and how the buildings are currently being used. In addition to the buildings I describe here, there were many other beautiful structures created for the 1929 Exposition. Some are museums, some consulates, and others are part of the university.
|SEVILLE PAVILION, THEATER, AND CASINO.
LOPE DE VEGA THEATER.
|LOPE DE VEGA LOBBY; ORIGINALLY THE CASINO.|
CURRENTLY SEVILLA’S DANCE CONSERVATORY.
PART OF THE DANCE CONSERVATORY.
THE CONSULATE OF COLOMBIA.
PART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SEVILLA.
|MUDEJAR PAVILION (PALACE OF DECORATIVE ARTS)
MUSEO DE ARTES Y COSTUMBRES POPULARES (THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND TRADITIONS).
|RENAISSANCE PAVILION (BEHIND TREES).
My Drag Name
Oh, in case you’re wondering, I have never done drag. But, if I were to create a drag name based on the name of my first pet and the first street where I lived (as is one of the suggested ways to do so), that name would be Starr Van Siclen. I like it! Maybe a new career is on the horizon.