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Six companies from the Region participate in the theater competition'José Baeza Clemares' from La Unión (27/10/2017)

The XVII National Contest of Theater José Baeza Clemares of La Union, which has the collaboration of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment, will be held from 9 to 17 November at the Cultural Center Asensio Sáez in the town.

Six companies from the Region participate in this edition, which will have a special memory for the unionist author Asensio Sáez, who is celebrated ten years after his death, as well as actor Joaquín Sánchez Alcobas, who disappeared recently.

The director general of the Institute of Cultural Industries and Arts (ICA), Marta López-Briones, together with the Councilor for Education and Culture of La Union, Carmen Riquelme, and the Councilor for Economic Promotion, Business Development, Training and Employment , Ana María Rodríguez, today presented the program of the contest that "with 17 years of experience, has become a reference for amateur theater, a space where you can discover actors who, although not professionally engaged in the world of interpretation, perform a great job to bring culture closer to society as a whole, "said Lopez-Briones.

The head of the ICA congratulated the organizers for "their tireless work to continue maintaining the quality of this festival that helps to decentralize the culture, making it accessible to citizens of our different municipalities, and also contributes to further strengthening the base of the arts the region, giving nonprofessional companies the opportunity to take the stage and attract new spectators to theaters. "

The 'José Baeza Clemares' Competition will start at the Asensio Sáez Cultural Center in La Unión on November 9 with the performance of the Teatro Apolo de El Algar Company (Cartagena), which will stage the comedy by Juan José Alonso Millán' El cyanuro ... alone or with milk? ', With a broad cast and under the direction of Mercedes García Gómez.

The next day, Friday, November 10, San Javier's Impossible Rehearse Together Company will continue with the comedy offering a double session consisting of the pieces' At six at the corner of the boulevard ', Jardiel Poncela, and' Farsa y justice of the corregidor ', by Alejandro Casona.

The company unionense Portman Theater will act on Saturday 11 with the classic of Joseph Kesserling 'Arsenic for compassion', a text well known for its film version, and also the unionists Triana Theater will represent 'Picinic' (Wednesday, November 15), another signed comedy on this occasion by Fernando Arrabal who looks at the absurd.

The last performances will be those of Jaloque Teatro (ONCE), Cartagena, which has chosen the tragicomedy 'In the Edge of B.', by David Soria, based on texts by Bukowski and composed of six stories that summarize the world of the imaginative and transgressor author (November 16).

And those in charge of closing the contest, on Friday 17, will be the students of the High School of Dramatic Art of Murcia, who will present out of competition a new version of the classic of Lope de Vega 'The Knight of Olmedo'.

All performances will take place at 21:30 hours and the entrance will be free until the capacity is completed.

The competition will award six prizes (for the best company, the best director and the best actors and actresses main and distribution) that consist of a ceramic sculpture made by the students of the center for people with disabilities Andrés Martínez Cánovas.

The prizes do not have economic endowment, but from the City council of the Union the selected companies are helped to participate in the contest, paying some expenses and taking care of the cost of the production.

Baeza Clemares

Jose Baeza Clemares (Alumbres, 1857 The Union, 1920) is one of the great names of the scene in the Union.

His figure embodies the golden age of the theater in the mining town, lived between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth.

For forty years, from 1880 to 1920, he worked as an actor, stage director and entrepreneur for the company that bore his name.

Baeza interpreted and directed all sorts of productions, from comedy to drama, but he was especially noted for his versions of the works of the Nobel Prize winner José Echegaray.

The Teatro Principal de La Unión was a witness to its representations and a street of the town takes its name.

Source: CARM

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