THE THEATRE OF IGNACIO AMESTOY, A CLASSIC IN OUR DAYS
With admirable perseverance Ignacio Amestoy has been gaining strength in the current Spanish theatrical landscape. Since a few seasons an until now he has been leaving testimony of his dramatic craft. This way, and limiting to only the last five or six years, we have been able to see in billboard titles like Violetas para un Borbón, Cierra bien la puerta, De Jerusalén a Jericó, Rondó para dos mujeres y dos hombres, and La última cena. Beyond the stage, the activity of Amestoy, always linked to the theatrical world, has been even more intense: his chronicles in El Mundo newspaper; his teaching task in the in the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático, where he was director; and his work in cultural animation through the "Noche de Max Estrella" that he has managed to institutionalize and has already held thirteen editions.
The only living author to have been awarded twice with the Lope de Vega Prize, the maximum theatrical award of our country. The historians of theatre include Amestoy within the promotion of 68. Following the example of his much admired Buero Vallejo (whom he homages with Historia de una escalera and in one of his first works Mañana, aquí, a la misma hora), and before him Lorca, he has attempted to recover the tragic genre, whose presence in the Spanish scene has aways been very discussed. This way, La última cena is a ceremonial piece, brave in its structure, with which Amestoy attempts to contribute to the clarification of the Basque problem and terrorist violence. Buero is the one to grant him with the other generic model that he has frequented: the historical drama, through pieces like Gernika, un grito. 1937, Doña Elvira, imagínate Euskadi (a curious query of the past and present fo the Basque Country through the so many times novelized and dramatized Lope de Aguirre) and Betizu. El toro rojo. It is a look to the history that the author has extended beyond his homeland in other works: Dionisio Ridruejo. Una pasión española, ¡No pasarán! Pasionaria and Violetas para un Borbón. La reina austríaca de Alfonso XII, the first of a tetralogy about the Borbones that he has still not concluded.