Spanish playwright Juan Mayorga wins the Asturias Prize | entertainment news

MADRID (AP) — Juan Mayorga, one of Spain’s most popular and respected playwrights, received this year’s Princess of Asturias Prize for Literature, the Spanish foundation that organizes the awards said Wednesday.

The jury of the Princess of Asturias Prize praised the Madrid-born playwright “for the tremendous quality, deep criticism and intellectual commitment to his work”, emphasizing his “action, emotion, poetry and thought process”.

Mayorga is the author of several dozen plays and versions of classical theatrical productions. He has received a number of awards, including the Spanish National Theater Award in 2007 and many Spanish Max Performing Arts Awards, including Best Author in 2006, 2008 and 2009.

His play “El Chico de la última fila” (“The Boy in the Back Row”) was made into the award-winning film “Dans La maison” (“In the House”) by French director François Ozon.

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Mayorga’s work “seeks to acquaint the public with reality through conflict situations, challenging beliefs, sensitivities and the viewer’s point of view,” the award organizers said in a statement.

Mayorga, 57, was selected from 41 candidates of different nationalities. He is currently the director of the Teatro Abadia in Madrid and the Teatro Corral Commedia in Alcalá de Henares.

The €50,000 ($52,600) award is one of eight awards in the arts, communication, science and other fields presented annually by the foundation.

The prizes are among the most prestigious in the Spanish-speaking world. The award ceremony takes place every October in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo.

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