A painter, playwright, musician, storyteller and one of the supreme exponents of Modernista bohemianism, Santiago Rusiñol was the author of such emblematic plays for the Catalan stage as L’auca del senyor Esteve, L’hèroe, Els savis de Vilatrista and L’alegria que passa.
Rusiñol was also a hyperactive participant in the gatherings at the tavern Els Quatre Gats, which regularly put on puppet shows. His El titella pròdig (The Prodigal Puppet), which he billed as ‘a comedy for marionettes in one act and four scenes’, was premiered with live actors on 29 January 1911 at the Teatre Romea, and was performed for the first time with puppets at the Sala Reig in Barcelona in the early nineteen twenties.
On the occasion of the exhibition “Picasso vs. Rusiñol“, the Museu Picasso has commissioned a revival of The Prodigal Puppet. The highly acclaimed puppeteer Sebastià Vergés will present a ‘cast’ of traditional Catalan marionettes in period costume, with traditional sets and the music that Rusiñol composed especially for the piece. The lively and ironic dialogue in the Barcelona dialect of Rusiñol’s day is all the more charming for its period flavour.
There will be an unabridged version for adults this coming Sunday, 20 June will.