Out of the Wings

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La agonía del difunto (c.1976), Esteban Navajas


This is a one-act play.


In the main bedroom of Landazabal’s estate house there is a double bed, a prie-dieu, an easy chair, a wardrobe, a bedside table and a combined radio and gramophone. They are distributed around the room. To one side there is a window with a shutter which looks out onto a balcony and in front of the window there is a telescope on a tripod. On one wall there is a long shelf with a line of family photos and occasional pieces of porcelain figures. On the wall above the shelf there are the sharp horns of a Sebu bull. On the wall, under a mosquito net, lies Don Agustino Landazabal; two funeral candles stand at the foot of the bed.

The action takes place on a rainy afternoon. It is a persistent heavy rain. The river has overflowed and the land is flooded. Carmen, with a rosary in her hand, recites the prayer for the dead.

Cast number
Minimum Maximum
2 males 2 males
2 females 2 females
4 (total) 4 (total)

Agustino Landazabal, Landowner

Dona Carmen, His wife

Benigno Sanpues, A cowman

Nora Otilia, A tenant farmer

Entry written by Gwendolen Mackeith. Last updated on 3 October 2011.

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