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Saturday, August 18, 2012
Camagüey's Theater Festival to Pay Tribute to Famous Cuban Playwright
Camagüey, Aug 18.- The 14th edition of Camagüey's Theater Festival, to be held in September 8-15, will include in its program plays by Cuban playwright Virgilio Piñera and some others inspired in his life and work on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
Some of the plays will be Aire frío, Dos viejos pánicos, El trac, Un jesuita de la literatura and La boca. The artistic event celebrated in this city twice a year, will be attended by groups previously chosen from all over the country.
According to the artistic show's program, El Público, Argos Teatro and El Taller theater groups from Havana, and A Dos Manos from Santiago de Cuba, will be in charge of the staging of this author's legacy, one of the most outstanding of the 20th century in Cuba.
Piñera was born on August 4th, 1912 in the city of Cárdenas, Matanzas, but in 1925 he moved together with his family to Camagüey, where his literary vocation began, led by both professor Felipe Echemendía and writer and researcher Felipe Pichardo Moya.
Aside from the dramatic genre, in which the piece Electra Garrigó is included - and regarded as the best of his wide repertoire by the CubaLiteraria web site - he ventured in poetry, narrative and essays and published in the Origenes magazine, an icon in Cuba's intellectual work over the last century.
In 1968, he received the Casa de las Americas Award with his play Dos viejos pánicos, which tells about the fears to oldness, death and alienation.
The stages in Camagüey will also host several presentatios for children and adults, produced from November 2010 to March 2012, as well as urban shows, performances and exhibits, among other proposals. (AIN/Radio Cadena Agramonte).