2017

Jordi Casanovas

Playwright and theater director

Vilafranca del Penedès (Catalonia)

December 2017

Biography —

Founder and artistic director of SALAFlyHard from the 2010-2011 season until 2013. Studies in Telecommunications Engineering 1996 – 2001. Studies Bachelor of Fine Arts. 2001 – 2005 Professor of drama at the Institut del Teatre, Eolia and Escac.

He has written about thirty theater plays, among them Idiot (Sala Muntaner, 2015), Vilafranca (Teatres amics / Teatre Lliure 2015), Ruz-Barcenas (Teatro del Barrio, 2014), A Catalan Story (TNC, 2011/2013 ), Patria/Homeland (Teatre Lliure, 2012), A Man With Horn-Rimmed Glasses (SALAFlyHard, 2010), Dinner Battle (Versus Teatre, 2010), The Revolution (La Villarroel, 2009), Lena Woyzeck (Temporada Alta, 2008), La Ruïna (The Villarroel, 2008), CITY/SIMCITY (Sala Beckett, 2007) and Wolfenstein (AREAtangent, 2006).

He has won the Valencia City Award for Estralls, the Alcoy City Award 2005 for Beckenbauer. Time Out Award for Best Play of 2011 for A Man With Horn-Rimmed Glasses. Best play award 2011 for A Catalan Story. Barcelona City Theatre Award 2012 for Pàtria. Best play award 2015 for Vilafranca.

Project —
The work to be carried during in the stay at the Faber residence is the writing of the play La broma final. He is trying to make some questions about the limits of humor and censorship. He is interested in writing a comedy uncomfortable. He would like taking people in the theatre to apparently funny situations that should not be funny. When president Trump was elected, he saw some humorists in USA or in our country, reproducing their racists or sexists jokes because they were parodying him. But, when the do that, what are we laughing at, at Trump’s joke or at the parody? Maybe that parody was necessary to enjoy again our immoral feelings and thinkings, even if we think we don’t have them.