José Luis Alonso de Santos

Miguel Nieto (Universidad de Sevilla)
Trans. by Shane Murphy (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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José Luis Alonso de Santos (Valladolid, Spain, 1942) has been a leading playwright in Spanish theatre since the time of Spain’s democratic transition. His first play,

¡Viva el Duque, nuestro dueño!

, debuted just prior to the death of General Francisco Franco (1975). With

Bajarse al moro

(1985), Alonso de Santos rose to the top of Madrid’s “new comedy”, part and parcel of the countercultural movement known as “La Movida”.

Bajarse al moro

is among the most widely translated and performed works of Spanish drama in the world. Years before he knew this success, Alonso de Santos had been steeped in theatre, first as an actor, and later as a director. By 1964, Alonso de Santos had already spent time in the Spanish capital as a university student; and in that year, he joined the

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Citation: Nieto, Miguel. "José Luis Alonso de Santos". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 June 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13586, accessed 15 June 2024.]

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