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PLAGIO (Cheaters)

by French playwright Jean-Pierre Martinez

October 11-15, 2023

Directed by: Marcela Salas


Midtown Arts & Theatre Center Houston (MATCH)
3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002


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About the play

"Plagio" (Cheaters) is a rather amoral take on the literary world.

Since publishing his first novel, Alex, the recipient of a prestigious award, has been basking in his reputation as an author in vogue while collecting his copyright money. He is about to become the recipient of the Cruz de Caballeros de las Artes y las Letras Award bestowed by the Ministry of Culture. His wife Gloria, whose fortune and connections significantly enhanced his reputation, is helping him prepare his speech for the ceremony. However, this is exactly the moment when Alex receives the unexpected visit of an unknown woman who could put his "success story" in jeopardy.

Jean Pierre Martinez, himself a victim of plagiarism a few years ago, knows only too well what an author feels when an impostor "steals" his creation. After winning his case against the plagiarist, Martínez decided to turn his painful experience into a farce. A play cannot be turned merely into censure, condemnation, or even revenge. Refusing to play the role of victim, Martínez chooses dark humor to offer an implacable picture of the literary world in all its naked pettiness and pomposity.

Directed by: Marcela Salas
Cast: Esteban Gago, Ana Ilvento Scuseria & Claudia Soroka.

All performances are in SPANISH.
Suitable for high school-aged and adult audiences.

Plagio playwright approved copyrights.

Author: Jean-Pierre Martinez

Jean-Pierre Martinez is a French playwright of Spanish ancestry and scriptwriter. He first tasted stage performance as a drummer in various rock bands before becoming a semiologist in advertising. Later, he worked as a television scriptwriter and returned to the stage as a playwright.

Throughout more than one hundred comedies (13 y Martes, Strip Poker, Ella y Él, Un Pequeño Asesinato sin Consecuencias, El Último Cartucho…), Jean-Pierre Martinez creates an exceptional theatrical universe where the humor is often infused with a touch of the absurd. He advocates for a popular theater in the purest sense of the term, one that is artful yet neither glib nor impertinent; engaged though not sanctimonious, ethical rather than moralizing.

Today, he is among France's most played contemporary playwrights, and several of his plays have already been translated into Spanish and English. He graduated in Spanish and English literature (Sorbonne), linguistics (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), economics (Institut d’Études Politique de Paris) and scriptwriting (Conservatoire Européen d’Ecriture Audiovisuelle). comediatheque.net

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Casa Argentina de HoustonConsulate General of the Argentine Republic
Consulado General de España en HoustonLa Casa de España
Telemundo HoustonInstitute of Hispanic CultureLeah. La Escuela Argentina de Houston


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