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“MÁS FELIZ QUE UNAS CASTAÑUELAS (BE VERY MERRY)” (JUAN MAYORGA)

Madrid / The playwright and theater director Juan Mayorga (Madrid, 1965) is “más contento que unas castañuelas” ( to be very merry) or, as they say in Latin America, “saltando sobre una pata” for the news: he will occupy the M chair of the RAE, vacant since the death of Carlos Bousoño.

Juan Mayorga will enter into RAE “with joy, hope, humility and willingness to work,” he told EFE.

“Having as I have a passion for words, I will meet there with people who know more than me and with that same passion,” he added.

Mayorga was elected on the third ballot to occupy the “M” chair (capital letter m) in the Academy in front of the also philologist Dolores Corbella.

The new academic affirmed his first thought was for her companion of candidacy “a student of the language to which she endorsed a magnificent curriculum, she would have been a great academic and respect to those who have supported her”.

Mayorga celebrated the news with his parents, Alfredo and Teresa, his wife, Coté, and their children, Miguel Beatriz and Raquel, “eating some tapas in a bar”.

In reference to his inagural speech in the RAE which it must be read to take office, according to the statutes and the rules of the Academy, Mayorga said he has begun to spin and think about the word ‘silence’.

“It is a beautiful, conflictive and extraordinary word. I have the intuition that through it I can do a meditation from philosophy and even from mathematics, it has always been very important in the theater and there is no more to remember Chekhov, Pinter or Becket. “

Mayorga, graduated in Philosophy by the UNED and in Mathematics by the UAM, directs the Chair of Performing Arts of the Carlos III University.

His work has been translated into 32 languages ​​and represented in about 40 countries and has won the National Theater Award (2007) and the National Prize for Dramatic Literature (2013) for the dramaturgic production of thirty titles like “Himmelweg”, “El chico de la última fila”, “La tortuga de Darwin”, “La lengua en pedazos”, “Reykjavik” and “El cartógrafo”. (April 13, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

News related in video (January 9, 2013):


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La noticia habla…
A
de la persona que ocupará una silla vacante en la RAE.
B
de las personas que podrían estar ingresar en la RAE.
C
de un premio sobre arte dramático que recibirá Juan Mayorga.
Question 2
Según el texto, Mayorga…
A
ocupará la silla M de la Real Academia Española.
B
cede su silla de la RAE a Dolores Corbella.
C
ya ocupa las sillas M y m de la RAE.
Question 3
Mayorga dijo estar “más feliz que unas castañuelas”…
A
porque le gusta mucho el flamenco.
B
porque estaba muy contento por la noticia.
C
porque la RAE le ha pedido representar una obra de teatro.
Question 4
Mayorga celebró la noticia en compañía de su familia.
A
Así es.
B
Para nada.
C
¡Quien sabe!
Question 5
En el texto se dice que…
A
Mayorga estará preparando su discurso de ingreso.
B
Mayorga ya ha leído su discurso de ingreso.
C
Mayorga tiene escrito su discurso de ingreso desde hace tiempo.
Question 6
Mayorga escribe obras de teatro.
A
No se sabe.
B
En absoluto.
C
Claro que sí.
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Question 1
El vídeo habla…
A
de una obra que ha sido premiada.
B
de una obra de teatro.
C
de la carrera de un actor español.
Question 2
Según el vídeo, ¿quién escribió la obra ‘El crítico’?
A
Juan Mayorga.
B
Juanjo Puigcorbé.
C
Pere Ponce.
Question 3
En la obra “El crítico” aparecen en escena…
A
el autor de una obra y un crítico.
B
solo unos críticos literarios.
C
los autores de varias obras literarias.
Question 4
En esa obra el autor y el crítico están siempre de acuerdo.
A
Falso.
B
No se sabe.
C
Verdadero.
Question 5
Con esa obra, Juan Mayorga muestra dos formas de estar en el mundo.
A
¡Imposible saberlo!
B
Así es.
C
Para nada.
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