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Laila Ripoll
Laila Ripoll
Was born in Madrid in 1964. She has a degree in Performance from the Royal School of Dramatic Art and Dance in Madrid [Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático y Danza de Madrid] in 1987. She has studied Pedagogía Teatral (INAEM), Interior Design (School of Applied Arts [Escuela de Artes Aplicadas y Oficios Artísticos]) and other courses in performance technique and dramatic writing. In 1991 she co‑founded the Producciones Micomicón theatre company, where she works as an actress, author, director, and clothing, set and lighting designer. She has taught courses on performance and classic theatre in various learning institutions, and now also writes for the theatre reviews Primer Acto, ADE Teatro, El Pateo, Ubú and Cuadernos de Dramaturgia Contemporánea.
She is the author of La ciudad sitiada [The Beseiged City] (1996), Árbol de la Esperanza [The Tree of Hope] (1997), Unos cuantos piquetitos [A Niggle or Two] (1999), Atra bilis (cuando estemos más tranquilas...) [Atra bilis (When We Girls Calm Down a Little…)] (2000), El día más feliz de nuestra vida [The Happiest Day of Our Lives] (2001), Victor Bevch (blanco, europeo, varón, católico y heterosexual) [Victor Wemch (White, European, Male, Catholic and Heterosexual)] (2002), La frontera [The Border] (2003), Que nos quiten lo bailao [Hungover, But Worth It] (2004), Pronovias [The Wedding Shop] (2004), El cuento de la lechera [The Milkmaid’s Tale] (2005) and Los niños perdidos [The Lost Children] (2005).
She has adapted plays by Lope de Vega, Juan de la Cueva, Miguel de Cervantes, Calderón de la Barca, Pablo Neruda, Ramón María del Valle Inclán and Tirso de Molina.
Her plays have been translated into French, Portuguese, Italian, Greek and Basque, and have been performed in Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico and France.
She has worked as stage director in productions of plays by Lope de Vega, Juan de la Cueva, William Shakespeare, Miguel de Cervantes, Pablo Neruda, Calderón de la Barca, Ramón María del Valle Inclán and Lluïsa Cunillé.
She won the Caja España Prize, 1996; the José Luis Alonso, 1999; the Ojo Crítico, 2000; the Juror’s Special Mention in the M.ª Teresa León Prize, 2000; and was finalist in the National Literature Prize [Premio Nacional de Literatura] in 2002 and in the Max Prize for the best author writing in Spanish in 2004.
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Atra bilis
Atra bile
اترا بيليس