Mariano Llorente and Laila Ripoll
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Price: 10 euros · No. pages: 115 · Collection: New Collection No. in the collection: 12 · Language: Spanish · Binding: Paperback ISBN: 978-84-9041-432-3 · Year of publication: February 2022 · Place of publication: Madrid, Spain
The protagonists are three soldiers of the Spanish army who find themselves in the territory of the Rif following the Disaster of Annual on 22 July 1921. These three soldiers represent the thousands of young Spaniards who were uprooted from their homes and the thousands of Riffians who were forced to fight on the Spanish side to alleviate their hunger and pain.
Through their stories, accounts and experiences, passing through sadly mythical places, such as Igueriben, Zeluán and Monte Arruit, and running up to the fateful year of 1936, key figures from these wars parade before us: members of parliament, high commissioners, kings, barmaids, prostitutes, fallen men and women, film artists, journalists, soldiers and civilians.
As if in a grotesque nightmare, together with these characters, we revisit live music cafés, blockhouses, paso dobles, muezzins, camps of nomadic Arabs, military marches, brothels, ravines, casinos, watering holes, ambushes, shady business dealings, the bravery of a few, the vileness of many, the fear of the majority, bayonets, jambiyas, rifles, unbearable thirst, burnt bodies, severed heads, entrails, in short, an unnecessary, unjust and cruel war that took thousands of Spanish and Riffian lives, including the use of toxic gases, which had crucial consequences for the future of the 20th century.
She has won several awards as a playwright and stage manager, including the National Drama Literature Award, the Max Award for Best Playwright, Tribute from the Muestra de Teatro Español de Autores Contemporáneos (Spanish Contemporary Playwriting Festival), the “Ojo Crítico” award from Radio Nacional de España, the Caja España theatre award, the “José Luis Alonso” award from the Spanish Association of Stage Directors and the “Artemad” award.
She co-founded the company Producciones Micomicón in 1991 with Mariano Llorente, José Luis Patiño and Juanjo Artero, and since then, she has directed more than thirty productions by classical and contemporary playwrights. She has also directed plays for Centro Dramático Nacional, Teatro Español, the Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico (National Classical Theatre Company), the Mérida Festival and Producciones Andrea D’Odorico.
She has published or premiered the following works: El último viaje de Galdós, El caballero incierto, Primitivo Florián, Descarriadas, Donde el bosque se espesa, Cáscaras vacías, Vidriera, El Triángulo Azul, Nada tras la puerta, Santa Perpetua, Restos: hueso de pollo, Basta que me escuchen las estrellas, Cancionero Republicano, Los niños perdidos, Pronovias, El cuento de la lechera, Que nos quiten lo bailao…, Samuel, La frontera, Victor Bevch, El día más feliz de nuestra vida, Atra Bilis (cuando estemos más tranquilas), Unos cuantos piquetitos, Árbol de la Esperanza and La Ciudad Sitiada.
She also wrote the radio dramas El convoy de los 927 and Gernika: el último viaje for Radio Nacional de España.
Her work has been translated into Arabic, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, Greek, English, Galician and Basque.
Mariano Llorente was born in Madrid in 1965. He studied at the Royal Higher College of Performing Arts (RESAD) in Madrid. As an actor, director and playwright, he has spent most of his career at Micomicón, a company that he co-founded in 1992 and under which he has directed several shows.
He has written some fifteen plays, of which the following works have been published and premiered: Todas las palabras, Cancionero republicano, Nadie canta en ningún sitio, Hamlet, por poner un ejemplo, Basta que me escuchen las estrellas, Veintiuna treinta y siete, Hacia Guernica, El triángulo azul, Donde el bosque se espesa and El último viaje de Galdós. As an actor, he has performed in most of the company’s shows, as well as several Centro Dramático Nacional productions. Furthermore, he has worked alongside directors, including Rodrigo García, Javier Yagüe, Adolfo Fernández, Eduardo Vasco and Natalia Menéndez. He has also worked on a number of television series, such as Cuenta atrás, Al salir de clase, Los Serrano, La chica de ayer, Cuéntame, and El Ministerio del Tiempo, as well as several films. He has won the “GARNACHA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role”, “Best Actor Award at the ANGRY FILM FESTIVAL (Australia)”, “Best Actor Award at the VALPOLICELLA FILM FESTIVAL (Italy)”, “Best Actor Award at CINEMÁLAGA”, “Best Actor Award at the DOSQUEBRADAS FILM FESTIVAL (Colombia)”, among others. His most recent films include A cambio de nada by Daniel Guzmán and Campeones and Historias lamentables, both by Javier Fesser.
In 2005, he received the Lázaro Carreter Award for Dramatic Literature. Then, in 2015, he won the National Award for Dramatic Literature and the Max Award for Best Playwright. His work has been translated into German, French and Hungarian.