Los Guapos - Centro Dramático Nacional

Los Guapos

Text and direction David Trueba

24 ABR – 9 JUN 2024
Tuesday to Sunday at 20:00 

Meeting with the artistic team: 9 MAY 2024 Accessible performances: 23 and 24 MAY 2024

FIRST WEEK DISCOUNT(50% discount): Thursday 25 and Tuesday 30 APR

María Guerrero Theatre | Sala María Guerrero

Please arrive well in advance as the auditorium will be closed once the performance has begun.
Strobe lights are used during the performance.
To collect tickets, our box offices will be open from Monday to Sunday from 2.30pm to 8.30pm.

TEAM

Text, direction

David Trueba

Cast

Anna Alarcón and Vito Sanz

Set and costume design

Beatriz San Juan

Lighting

Pedro Yagüe

Music and sound design

Iñaki Estrada

Assistant director

Aina Tur

Poster design

Team SOPA

Synopsis

Los Guapos is the story of a reunion. Nuria and Pablo grew up in the same working-class and marginal neighbourhood. However, their lives have taken different paths. Pablo is a lawyer specialising in charitable causes and it has been a long time since he set foot on the streets of the neighbourhood where they grew up. Nuria, on the other hand, has been stuck in time, without many options or opportunities. After years of knowing nothing about one another, Nuria contacts her old friend to help her with a legal matter. This rapprochement will force them to confront their own lives and review their shared past.


Writer and director’s note

Memory is often an exercise in which fantasy fills in the gaps, the shortcomings, the cowardice. 

In the case of Los Guapos, two characters embody two different versions of destiny. Pablo and Nuria grew up in the same neighbourhood, but their lives have evolved very differently. When she tracks him down and asks for his help, he cannot refuse. And he cannot refuse precisely because he feels that there is something that binds him to her, that makes them a kind of reflection of one another.

The reunion will help them listen to each other, to understand the differences that led them to drift apart for good. The innocent and failed love story they experienced in their early adolescence also provides them with a space of intimacy where the mismatches in their stories are also expressed.

The title Los Guapos refers to the fragility of someone who was once desired. Nuria never lived up to expectations because she was probably someone on whom others projected their own fantasies. Something Pablo did with her too. Thus, when confronted with her again, he cannot help but feel a deep sense of guilt.

In a play with only two characters, we try to bring in the whole human landscape of an poor neighbourhood. Parents, siblings, the environment, everyone’s destiny intersecting with their own. No one is entirely responsible for his or her own successes or failures, but shares something with outside influences, chance, context. We want to look at this in Los guapos.

David Trueba

TEAM

Text, direction

David Trueba

Cast

Anna Alarcón and Vito Sanz

Set and costume design

Beatriz San Juan

Lighting

Pedro Yagüe

Music and sound design

Iñaki Estrada

Assistant director

Aina Tur

Poster design

Team SOPA

Biography

David Trueba

David Trueba

David Trueba studied journalism and began working in the press, radio and television. His first credit as a scriptwriter was with the film Amo tu cama rica (1992), followed by titles such as Los peores años de nuestra vida (1994), Two Much (1995),Perdita Durango (1997), La niña de tus ojos (1998), Vengo (2000) and Balseros (2002), the only Spanish documentary nominated for an Oscar to date.

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His career as a director begins in 1996 with the film La buena vida, presented at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. In 2000 he directed Obra maestra and in 2003 Soldados de Salamina, presented in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2006, he received the Best Director Award at the Malaga Festival for Bienvenido a casa. That same year, with Luis Alegre, he directed a film about Fernando Fernán-Gómez, La silla de Fernando. Written and directed in 2011, Madrid, 1987 was selected by the Sundance Festival. In 2013, he presented Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados in the official section of the San Sebastián festival, a film which received six Goya Awards and was selected to represent Spain at the Oscars.Casi 40, 2018, was recognised with the Special Jury Award at the Festival of Málaga. In 2019, he presented Si me borrara el viento lo que yo canto, a documentary on Chicho Sánchez Ferlosio. In 2020, A este lado del mundo was released at the Festival of Málaga, a film that could not be distributed in rooms due to the pandemic .

Parallel to his career in film he has maintained his literary and press activity. He has published six novels, all of them published by Anagrama and translated into more than ten languages: Abierto toda la noche (1995), Cuatro amigos (1999), Saber perder (2008), which won the National Critics Award for Best Novel and was a finalist in the prestigious Médecis Prize in its French translation, Blitz (2015), Tierra de campos (2017) and Queridos niños (2021).

With Anagrama, he has also published two short books of essays: La tiranía sin tiranos (2018) and Earn a living (2020).

His press articles have been collected in several anthologies

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