By order of the Reizend Volkstheater Perceval made an adaptation of La dama boba by Lope de Vega, a ridiculous tragedy about all sorts of people. De Vega, one of the grandest playwrights of the Spanish baroque and contemporary of Cervantes, led a stirring amorous life with next to his wife, a bunch of mistresses. He even let himself be ordained as priest …. All this constituted a source of inspiration for his spicy stories.
In Lope de Vega's view theatre must mirror daily life and must give pleasure to the spectators. To make his plays more lively than the ones from his contemporaries, he deviated from the strict regulations ordained by Aristotle. In his time he was bombarded with a lot of criticism, but later on his revolutionary plays became a source of inspiration for many. La dama boba is the exquisite text for a beginning director as it allows him to feel out his concoctions.