JUAN CARLOS RUBIO

 

Photo: Sergio Parra

Photo: Sergio Parra

Born in Montilla, Córdoba, since 1992 combines his work as an actor with his work as a television scriptwriter (Farmacia de Guardia; Pepa y Pepe; Colegio Mayor; Más que amigos; Manos a la obra; Ellas son así; A las once en casa or Adolfo Suárez, El Presidente) as a film scriptwriter (El calentito, Retorno a Hansala, Bon appétit, Las heridas del viento and El inconveniente) and as a playwright.

His first text, Esta noche no estoy para nadie, was premiered in 1997. Since then he has premiered his works in Spain: 10, ¿Dónde se esconden los sueños?, Las heridas del viento, Humo, Arizona, Tres, 100m2, Concha-Yo lo que quiero es bailar, El manual de la buena esposa, Tamaño Familiar, El príncipe de Maquiavelo, Iba en serio, La correspondencia personal de Federico García LorcaSensible, Grandes Éxitos, La isla and his versions of Special Occasions by Bernard Slade (Ocasiones especiales)One for the road by Willy Russell (Al final de la carretera)Lady Windermere’s fan by Oscar Wilde (Windermere Club), Ensemble by Fabio Marra (Juntos) and Le cas Martin Piche by Jacques Mougenot (El insólito caso de Martin Piche).

 His plays have been performed in Germany, Switzerland, Peru, Chile, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, USA, Australia, Slovakia, Greece, Ireland, United Kingdom, Portugal and Italy, and have been translated into nine languages.

As a theatre director, he has directed in Spain his own plays Humo; Arizona; Tres; 100m2; Esta noche no estoy para nadie, el musical; Las heridas del viento; El príncipe de Maquiavelo; Iba en serio; La correspondencia personal de Federico García Lorca, Sensible, Grandes Éxitos and La isla. He also has directed works of another authors as El pez gordo (The Big Kahuna) by Roger Rueff; Razas (Races) and Muñeca de porcelana (China doll) both by David Mamet; Ocasiones especiales (Special Occasions) by Bernard Slade; La monja alférez by Domingo Miras; Miguel de Molina al desnudo by Ángel Ruiz; El secreto de Puente ViejoPáncreas by Patxo Telleria; Juntos by Fabio Marra and El insólito caso de Martin Piche by Jacques Mougenot. Abroad, he has directed 100m2-El inconveniente in Santiago de Chile (2011) and Special Occasions in Miami (2011).

He has directed and written shows for the Young Artists Awards in the Community of Madrid, for Buero Theatre Awards, the Málaga Film Festival 2010 and the Max Theatre Awards 2011.

Among other awards he has won the Ciudad de Alcorcón Award 1998 for Esta noche no estoy para nadie, SGAE Theatre Award 2005 for Humo, Mention of Lope de Vega Award 2006 for Arizona, Lope de Vega Award 2013 for Shakespeare nunca estuvo aquí (co-written with Yolanda García Serrano), El Público de Canal Sur Award 2015, Crítica de Andalucía Award 2015, Antero Guardia of Úbeda Award 2015, best author in Teatro Andaluz Award  2015, Festival de Teatro de San Javier Special Award 2015 or best theatrical adaptation in LORCA Award 2018 for La correspondencia personal de Federico García Lorca.

He was nominated for the 2009 Goya Film Award for best original scriptplay for Retorno a Hansalaand his film Bon appétit won the Silver Biznaga as Best Screenplay at the 2010 Málaga Spanish Film Festival.

The Hispanic Theatre Guild production of Las heridas del viento, directed by Juan Manuel Cifuentes and starring Marcos Casanova and Humberto Rosenfeld was nominated in five categories in New York A.C.E. Awards 2005. Also in New York, he won the H.O.L.A. award 2011 as best director for Races.

In 2010 he won the H.O.L.A in New York as best director and in 2011 he was nominated to the A.C.E. award in New York, both for The Big Kahuna.

For his first film as a director, Las heridas del viento, he won the Best Director Award in the Film Festival of Huelva 2017 and the ASECAN Award for Best New Director 2018.

His new play, La isla (The Island) was premiered in Teatro Alhambra (Granada) on 8th February 2019.

Author's website

PLAYS

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TRES (THREE)
(1 man, 3 women)
Première in Chile (2005): Él cuando quiere, ellas cuando pueden

Three girl friends meet after 20 years of not seeing each other. Many things have happened since they were little girls and studied together.
Now, adults, they have realized that their lives have not gone in the right direction. Of course, it is never too late to change the course of events.

What if they look for a man? And if they have a child? What if that man impregnate the three of them?

 

OTHER PRODUCTIONS

Puerto Rico (2019). Director: Albert Rodríguez. Casting: Luisa de los Ríos, Suzette Bacó, Yamaris Latorre and Danilo Beauchamp
Colombia (2018): Director: Manuel Orjuela. Casting: Marcela Benjumea, Marcela Gallego, Carmenza González and Tuto Patiño
Dominican Republic (2017) Director: Richardson Díaz. Cast: Hony Estrella, Evelyna Rodríguez, Laura Lecrerc and José Guillermo Cortines.
Argentina (2016) Director: Corina Fiorillo. Cast: Silvia Bosco, Patricia Echegoyen, Viviana Sacone and Santiago Caamaño
Venezuela (2015) Director: Gabriel Pérez Matteo. Cast: Masha Armuelles, Fabiola Sánchez Dorado, Ingrid Villa-Real and Giovanni Doratti
Spain (2105) Director: Quino Falero. Cast: Natalie Pinot, Eva Higueras, Carmen Mayordomo and José Sospedra
USA (2014) Director: Leandro Fernández. Cast: Arancha Solís, Rosalinda Rodríguez, Diana Quijano and Omar Germenos
Italy (2013) Director: Chiara Noschese. Cast: Anna Galiena, Marina Massironi, Amanda Sandrelli and Sergio Muniz.
Venezuela (2013) Director: César Sierra. Cast: Astrid Carolina Herrera, Hilda Abrahamz, Carolina Torres and César Flores
Costa Rica (2010) Ménage à trois. Director: Andrés Montero. Cast: Silvia Rojas, Alejandra Portillo, Gretel Cedeño and Pablo Rodríguez.
Puerto Rico (2010) Espermatozoide para tres. Director: Alina Marrero. Cast: Sully Díaz, Noris Jofre, Mari Carmen Avilés and Eli Cay
Spain (2009) Director: Juan Carlos Rubio. Cast: Kiti Mánver, Nuria González, Aurora Sánchez y Octavi Pujades.
Puerto Rico (2005) ¡Que trío! Director: Albert Rodríguez. Cast: Marian Pabón, Cristina Soler, Mari Carmen Avilés and Jimmy Navarro.
USA (2007) Ellas quieren y él no puede. Director: Marcos Casanova. Cast: Margarita Coego, Marisol Correa, Raiza Palumbo and Ernesto Tapia.


REVIEWS

A hilarious comedy that will make you laugh from beginning to end. 
Miami Herald

Rubio presents a hilarious comic toy built for the sole purpose of making people laugh.
And this is achieved by far; the audience burst out laughing from the start

Diario de Córdoba

It’s a play that entertains with characters and situations clearly extracted of everyday life,
whose affairs transcend the local framework. The importance of family life and the very definition of family as well as the prevalence of sex today, personal success and frustrations up to 40 years, are some of the universal issues discussed at length. The combination of seriousness, humor, depth and lightness make this play a well-balanced dramaturgical composition. 
El Nuevo Herald

 

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LAS HERIDAS DEL VIENTO (WOUNDED BY THE WIND)
Premiere: USA (2005) Director: Juan Manuel Cifuentes
(2 men)

Adapted to the cinema in 2017. Written and directed by Juan Carlos Rubio.
Asecan Award to the Best New Director 2017


The death of his father obliges to David to take over his legacy. Among his possessions,
he finds something unexpected: love letters from another man.
Puzzled by the discovery, he decides to visit the alleged lover of his father and find out the truth.

 

 

OTHER PRODUCTIONS

Costa Rica (2019). Director: Arturo Campos. Casting: Arturo Campos and Leonardo Peruco
Cuba (2015). Director: Fabricio Hernández Medina. Cast: Mario Aguirre and Alberto González.
Mexico (2014). Director: Luly Rede. Cast: Antonio Algarra and Javier Olguín / Alan Flores.
Puerto Rico (2013). Director: Jackmarie Ortiz. Cast: Carlos Mirando and Omar Torres.
Spain (2013). Director: Juan Carlos Rubio. Cast: Kiti Mánver and Dani Muriel / David Tortosa.
Costa Rica (2012). Director: Mariano González. Cast: Leonardo Perucci and Arturo Campos.
Uruguay (2012). Director: Luis Jaunarena. Cast: German Weinberg and Daniel Torres.
Italy (2011). Director: Pino Tierno. Cast: Vottorio Viviani and Roberto Turchetta.
Chile/Argentina (2011). Director: Óscar Barney Finn. Cast: Luis Gnecco and Paulo Brunetti.
Greece (2010). Director: Dimitris Finitsis. Cast: Thanos Jronis, Thodorís Anthópulos.
Mexico (2010). Director: Claudia Ríos. Cast: Otto Sirgo, Mauricio Mexía, Pablo Cruz and Ricardo Franco.

REVIEWS

"Las heridas del viento” is theatre with a capital T, that kind of work whose universal theme works
in any culture. The true lovers of the theatre can not miss it. 

The Miami Herald

A masterpiece. Shocking dialogues, direct darts to the sensitivity of anyone. 
El Periódico. New York

Funny and dramatic. A magnificent theatre piece written fluently,
vividness and with mastery of language. 

Diario de Sevilla

 

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100 m2
Premiere USA (2009). El Inconveniente. Director: Marcos Casanova.
(1 man, 2 women)

The flat that the estate agent offers Sara has all the features she wants: low price, spaciousness, light and beautiful views.
It only presents a small "inconvenience": the lady that owns the apartment will live in it until the day of her death.
Lola (over seventy) has had two heart operations and, certainly, she will not last much longer. Especially if she continues smoking a pack a day and drinking as much as she can. Sara decides to buy the flat and wait. But we all know that events do not always unfold as planned.

 

 

OTHER PRODUCTIONS

Germany (2017) Director: René Heinersdorff. Cast: Beatrice Richter, Judith Richter, Claus Thull-Emden
Costa Rica (2014) Director: Mariano González. Cast: Ana María Barrionuevo, Silvia Rojas y Arturo Campos.
Australia. (2012) Director: Alexander Palacio. Cast: Zulema Capielli, Angela Rosero and Alexander Palacio
Uruguay (2012) Director: Lila García. Cast: Teresa González, Amparo Zunín and Fernando Cantó
Chile (2011) El Inconveniente. Director: Juan Carlos Rubio. Cast: Rosita Nicolet, Renata Bravo and Gustavo Becerra
Chile (2010) Director: Juan Carlos Rubio. Cast: María Luisa Merlo, Miriam Díaz Aroca and Jorge Roelas

 

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ARIZONA
Premiere: Spain (2008) Director: Juan Carlos Rubio. 
(1 woman, 1 man)

Lope de Vega Award (2006)
Fatex Award (2006)

 

George and Margaret must defend the borders. The neighbours are there, lurking, waiting to cross at the smallest carelessness.
They can not drop their guard. But when Margaret begins to ask too many questions, their musical comedy life turns into a wild tragedy.

OTHER PRODUCTIONS
Crete
(September 2018) Director: Dominikos Tavernarakisa. Cast: Katerina R. Zouridi, and Xronis Sapountzakis
Uruguay
(2017) Director: María Pollack. Cast: Marina Rodríguez yand Pierino Zorzini
Spain (2014) Director: Juan Carlos Rubio. Cast: Gema Matarranz and David García – Intriago
Mexico (2013) Director: Ignacio García. Cast: Alejandro Calvo and Aurora Cano
Argentina (2012) Director: Diego Quiroz
Cuba (2011) Director: Marcela García y Fabricio Hernández. Company: Teatral Hubert de Blanck
Greece (2009). Company: Uga Klara

REVIEWS

A deep, auteur text, which doesn't leave the spectator indifferent. 
El País, Spain.

A moving piece, with a stormy vision (...) A sober, direct text that deals with sensitive contemporary issues (...) A work of many shades, measured with pinpoint accuracy (...) 
La revista del diario, Miami

A drama of black irony…
Guía del Ocio, Madrid

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HUMO (SMOKE)
Premiere: Spain (2006) Director: Juan Carlos Rubio
(2 women, 2 men) 

Jack Rolling has been traveling around the world for almost two decades helping everyone who pays for it to get rid of the dangerous addiction to cigarettes. His famous therapy has brought him to Miami, city where his ex-wife Susan lives.
Jack decides to visit her in the local newspaper where she works and confess
her the most shameful secret: he has started smoking again. Once together, truths and lies will come to the surface. Nothing is what it seems to be. Past and present merge in a long night. And it is that it's difficult for both of them to admit that the most dangerous addiction that they share is his own love… Will they get over it?

OTHER PRODUCTIONS


Spain (2015) Director: Manuel Galiana. Cast: Daniel Freire, Isabel Gaudí, Pablo Martín and Marta Cabezas.
Slovenia (2009) Rollingova terapia. Director: Peter Gabor. Cast: Frantisek Vyrostko, Dominik Zaprihac, Lubomíra Krkoskovam and Jana Olhova

 

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EL PRÍNCIPE DE MAQUIAVELO (MACHIAVELLI’S THE PRINCE)
Premiere: Spain (2015) Director: Juan Carlos Rubio. 
(1 man)

Machiavelli wrote The Prince in 1513. Five centuries later, his words
are still absolutely valid. Isn’t it frightening to think that, no matter how much time has passed, the rules of power are always the same?
In these times of political upheaval, lies, corruption and abuse, take
a look at the past can help us understand the present. Machiavelli’s clairvoyant analysis makes clear, once again, that the exercise
of power requires maneuvers and decisions that are not always ethically appropriate, but could we live without them?

A play that can not remain indifferent to any citizen who depend
on the decisions of their leaders. Anyway, if we think for a moment… is there anyone who doesn’t depend on that?

REVIEWS

Despite the difficulty of the text, Juan Carlos Rubio summarizes really well the most significant parts of Machiavelli’s essay and he completes the plot of this play with other texts by the author. 
Coverset.es

Adaptation and direction is provided by Juan Carlos Rubio, taking us from a priori complicated work
to an entertaining and fast play, where we attended shocked
at the similarities with the time in which we live...
 
El teatro que me gusta

 The adaptation of the classic essay, by Juan Carlos Rubio, gets relevance and contemporaneity. 
Tendencias21.net

 

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SENSIBLE (Sensitive)
Premiere in Spain 2017. Director: Juan Carlos Rubio
(1 woman, 1 man)

Is love sensitive? Are we sensitive when we obsess over someone?
Or do we become insensitive, unilateral, hardened and blind to anything that’s not the object of our lust? 
Sensible is a stirring play that unleashes the full spectrum of passion and emotion so masterfully portrayed by Constance de Salm in her recently resurrected nineteenth century novella Vingt-quatre heures de la vie d’une femme sensible.

In this version for the stage we witness the immense distress suffered by an affluent, middle-aged woman when coincidence reveals her young lover’s presumed infidelity. Heartsick and wounded, for an entire day she tumbles down a spiral of increasingly feverish abandon in her attempt to recapture her beloved’s attention.