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Peribañez unfolds the story of a newly married couple, Peribañez and Casilda – young farmers in a strongly connected rural community. The Commander’s obsessive love for Casilda pushes the young couple to make increasingly painful sacrifices as they strive to preserve their marriage on the brink of war. A cast of 10 performs in the urban oasis of the Jennie King Mellon Rose Garden in the heart of Mellon Park. This sublime summer offering features live folk music, and the spectacle of the Spanish Golden Age… where honor means more than life itself.

Interestingly, playwright Lope de Vega was writing in Spain at the same time Shakespeare was writing in London. He wrote hundreds of plays and invented an entire genre of playwriting, the comedia, which mixes comic and heroic elements. In this play, Lope de Vega argues passionately for the inalienable rights of the individual, exploring class and gender roles – a strikingly modern position for a writer to take in 1613.


August 5 – 28, 2016
Rose Garden in the heart of Mellon Park

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Cast Members

David Bielewicz

Benito, Constable, Valerio

Sol Crespo

Iñes, Florez

Don DiGiulio

Lujan, Guard 2

Mike Mihm


Freddy Miyares

Gil, Leonardo, Lisardo

Isabel Pask


Amanda Pulcini

Costanza, Helipe, Queen

Ethan Saks

Anton, King, Mendo

Siddiq Saunderson


Ricardo Vila-Roger

Priest, Painter, Llorente, Guard 1

food on a table

Dinner Partner

Shadyside restaurant serving authentic Spanish Cuisine.
(412) 621-2919 | 810 Ivy Street | Reservations encouraged!

I fell in love with Peribañez and its cast. What a lovely production! The experience of this play set in the gardens of Mellon Park was amazing. Birds and crickets were on cue!

Yrai Santander

Amazing! The play balanced well the political, social, and comedic elements. The actors were relatable.

Kristin Wagner

Siddiq Saunderson’s Peribañez was stirring, and I was so sympathetic that he almost took me with him into the violence that brought him and Castilda to their fates.

Myra Woods

Peribáñez is the spectacular way to cap off your summer.

Mike Buzzelli, 'Burgh Vivant

The ‘3-ring’ in-the-round really worked. Also loved the cushions, fans, gazpacho and other goodies.

Dan Droz

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