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Mission San Luis’ Free Cultural Thursdays Program Continues with Performance of “Loco for Love” by Theater with a Mission


Mission San Luis’ free Cultural Thursdays program continues on Thursday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m. with an interactive performance of the play Loco for Love: Cervantes v. Shakespeare by Theater with a Mission. The event will also include a reception with classical Spanish guitar music by Charles Santiago and special guest speakers Terri Bourus and Gary Taylor. Bourus and Taylor are faculty members at Florida State University’s English Department and each are acclaimed Shakespeare experts with an impressive resume.

The play portrays famous writers Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare competing for the title of World Champion Storyteller as they present scenes from the life of the character Cardenio – a man driven “loco” when his best friend steals his fiancée. Cervantes first introduced Cardenio in his novel Don Quixote in 1605. Shakespeare re-visited this character a few years later in his own last, lost play titled The History of Cardenio. The audience will vote with a “viva!” or “huzzah!” to indicate their favorite playwright in each round of scenes. The script, like its title, includes both English and Spanish and is a fun, historic take on a romantic cliffhanger.

The play will be performed by Theater with a Mission, a Tallahassee-based troupe of actors and scholars whose goal is to bring people face to face with Florida’s Spanish past by reviving plays from the Siglo de Oro, the Spanish Golden Age.

The reception starts at 6:00 p.m. followed by the guest speakers at 6:30 p.m. The performance of the play is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The event will take place in the Mission San Luis Banquet Hall and is free and open to the public.

The 2017-2018 Cultural Thursdays educational series features presentations on Spanish, English and Native American history and culture in the Southeast from the mid-17th to late 18th century. The Cultural Thursdays series expands on the Mission’s effort to present interesting and education topics about colonial Florida to the public. All Tallahassee residents and visitors are encouraged to come out to the Mission on select Thursday evenings to experience this enriching lecture series for free.

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About Mission San Luis
Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. Today, the Mission brings the early 1700s to life with living history interpreters in period dress, reconstructed period buildings, exhibits, and archaeological research. The site is managed by the Florida Department of State, Office of External Affairs, and support is provided by the Friends of Florida History. Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee, Florida, and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is Tallahassee’s only National Historic Landmark and is pet-friendly to animals on leashes all year round. Visit, for more information.