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Like Sheep to Water, or 

Fuente Ovejuna

By Lope de Vega 

Directed by Mark Valdez

Translated and adapted by Curt Columbus

When: MAY 11 - JUNE 11, 2017

Where: The Chace Theater

Run time: Approximately 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission



About the Show

A modern, music-infused retelling of the classic Spanish story of tyranny overthrown. In 15th-century Spain, a menacing Commander terrorizes a small town’s citizens—especially the women. Pushed to their limit, the people of Fuente Ovejuna rise up against their oppressor in a fierce act of unity and bravery. Based on actual events, the story was immortalized by one of Spain’s greatest and most influential Golden Age dramatists. Now, Trinity Rep’s adaptation of this timeless masterpiece reverberates with fresh urgency.

“Obligatory viewing for anyone who truly loves the theatre… a rich, seething saga about the evil Guzmán, who holds a small town in terror, raping and murdering the population as he sees fit. One day, he goes too far and the tale of what happens next is heart-stopping in its excitement and spine-chilling in its terror.” –Toronto Star

Critics are loving Like Sheep to Water, or Fuente Ovejuna!

"This is theater, folks." - Channing Gray, The Providence Journal
"The theater has turned to a masterpiece and made it a triumph...anyone who loves theater ought to see it." - Bill Gale, RIPR
"(Director Mark) Valdez does a brilliant job of bridging the span of time between then and now, and making the story resonate for today’s audience." – Susan McDonald, The Sun Chronicle
"Trinity Repertory Company closes another triumphant season with its stylish, beautifully staged, well-acted production" – Christopher Verleger, EDGE
"This is theater worth seeing." - Frank O'Donnell, WPRO News Talk
"Sure to leave audience members excited for Trinity Rep’s next season." - Kendra Gravelle, RI Central

Related Content and Photos

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Read an interview with music director Jerediah "Big Scythe" Gonzalez.
Read an interview with director Mark Valdez.
Read an interview with costumer Meg Donnelly about Queen Isabella's beautiful gown.

Show Program

Forgot your program at the theater or want to read up before you attend? Click here for the digital edition of the Like Sheep to Water, or Fuente Ovejuna show program.

Upcoming events for Fuente Ovejuna:


Ovation & Conversation with Christina Bevilacqua
Sunday, June 11th after the matinee performance

Following the final performance of Fuente Ovejuna, Conversationalist-in-Residence Christina Bevilacqua will host a wrap party backstage with the cast and audiences to toast the closing night of the show and lead a dynamic conversation about the production, what the play means to us today, and more.

All audiences who see the show throughout the run are invited to return for this unique post-performance event.

As always, and included with your ticket purchase, our new pre-show Prologue series takes place one hour before every Fuente Ovejuna performance. Join us for this 30 minute pre-show discussion, which will examine the history of the production and the playwright, peek into the rehearsal process, and give reasons for why we're passionate about programming this show here and now. Each Prologue ends with a short participatory Q&A session.


The Artistic Team

Music direction by Jerediah Gonzalez, music performed by musicians Jerediah Gonzalez, Casey Belisle, Evan Carley, and Jake Menendez. Set design by Michael McGarty, costume design by Garry Lennon, sound design by Peter Sasha Hurowitz, lighting design by Karin Olson, fight choreography by Craig Handel, wig design by Emily Christoffersen, props by S. Michael Getz, dramaturgy by Patricia Ybarra, with Addie Gorlin as assistant to the director and Kristen Gibbs as stage manager.

Cast & Contributors

VILLAGERS: Angelique Dina, Kafui Glover, Wenricka Griffith, Valearie Kane, Yanasia Tarr, and Bedros Kevorkian.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
National Endowment for the Arts
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Trinity Rep's 53rd season is sponsored by Ocean State Job Lot and RISCA.


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