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Gente de Teatro is celebrating its 28th season with the US premiere of

PLAGIO (Cheaters)

by French playwright Jean-Pierre Martinez

March 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2023

Directed by: Marcela Salas


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


Phone sales (MATCH Box Office): 713-521-4533

Information: mail@gentedeteatro.org | 713-826-0445 * 713-410-8370

About the play

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

Since the publication of 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 played a big role in enhancing his reputation is helping him get his speech ready 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, though, cannot be turned merely into censure or condemnation or even revenge. Refusing to play the role of victim, Martínez chooses black 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 got a taste of stage performance as a drummer in various rock bands, before becoming a semiologist in the field of advertising. Later, he worked as 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 the most played contemporary playwrights in France, and several of his plays have already been translated in 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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Gente de Teatro relies on the generous support of...

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


Facial fitted masks are not currently required, although we strongly continue to encourage their use.

All Gente de Teatro cast and staff have been fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. We encourage all of our eligible patrons to get fully vaccinated as the most effective tool to protect our community against Covid-19.

If you don’t feel well, or have been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19 we ask that you do not come to the theater and contact boxoffice@matchouston.org to move funds for future use or write to mail@gentedeteatro.org to exchange your tickets for the 2023 Spring production.

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For any questions, please contact us at 713-826-0445, 713-410-8370 or mail@gentedeteatro.org


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