LUIS FELIPE BLASCO VILCHES
Luis Felipe Blasco Vilches (Algeciras, 1977), BA in Spanish philology from the University of Granada, presently teaches at the U-tad and the University of Alicante and collaborates on a routine basis with the media.
As a playwright, he has staged twenty-some plays, most prominently: Las orejas [ears] (Federico García Lorca Prize 2002); Chistory (puppet show written with José Luis Navarro, Café Teatro de Granada Prize, 2002); El tiempo de Enriqueta [the age of Enriqueta] (Luis Barahona de Soto Children’s Theatre Prize, 2002); Macorina (Federico García Lorca Prize, 2003); the plays written for the Tenemos Gato Company: La naranja completa [both halves], …y estoy guapa [... and I’m pretty], A bombo y platillo [fanfare], De pelo y pluma [with hair and feathers] and ¿Cuchara o tenedor? [spoon or fork?]; El rey solo [the king alone], monologue interpreted by emcee Manu Sánchez (written with Antonio Romera “Chipi” and Manu Sánchez); Desmontando a Isabel [disassembling Isabel], written for Histrión Teatro; the plays written for the Avanti Teatro Company: El encuentro [the encounter] (Best Andalusian Playwright Prize, 2014) and El jurado [the jury]; La otra mano de Cervantes [Cervantes’s other hand] written for the La Fundición Company; and La pícara Justina [Justina the rogue], a play based on the Golden Age classic written for Tormento Compañía.
His career has also taken other turns: television, videogames, marketing, e-learning and the press. In addition to the aforementioned theatrical awards, he has been distinguished with prizes for poetry, comics, short stories and monologues.
EL JURADO [The jury]
A politician is tried for corruption, graft. A jury of nine men and women must decide whether or not he is guilty. At first, eight of the members are sure he is: ‘all politicians are crooks!’. The ninth juror is not so sure one way or the other: he simply puts forward a reasonable doubt. And that reasonable doubt gradually penetrates the rest of the jury.
El jurado [the jury], a thriller inspired by Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men, is a critical dissection of our society with unexpected twists that will surprise even those most familiar with the classic play.
After premiering in Madrid in April 2016, the play is on tour in Spain through May 2017.
Intelligent tribute by Blasco Vilches, who changes the murder trial to a case of political corruption and the quest for truth via a succession of perverse and murky manoeuvres that reveal the weak points of the jurors called upon to judge an allegedly rotten politician.
Blasco Vilches achieves this through perfect character construction and concise and nimbly targeted dialogue. He knows very well how to stage what might be an everyday conversation, knowing all the while that he’s writing for the theatre.
Felipe Blasco Vilches’s text takes just enough of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men to serve up a gripping, twisted plot with opposing (but not always complementary) characters, cleanly and effectively resolved with no tricks or short-cuts, nimbly and professionally eliciting depth from slight nuances.
Luis Felipe Blasco Vilches’s text, woven on the loom of Twelve Angry Men, affords further proof of his playwrighting genius, for he transfers the action to current Spanish social reality with impeccable skill, superbly drawn characters and just the right combination of humour, drama and suspense.