Among his best-known works are ‘People who prosper’, ‘Level of life’, ‘The salt of the earth’, and others inspired by classic themes, such as ‘Egipto’ and ‘Penélope’
Domingo Miras Molina, playwright and National Award for Dramatic Literature, died yesterday at the age of 87, in Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real), the birthplace of Miras, whose council announced that he had been named ‘Favorite Son’. Among his best-known works are ‘People who prosper’, ‘Level of life’, ‘The salt of the earth’, and others inspired by classic themes, such as ‘Egipto’ and ‘Penélope’.
Born in 1934, Miras was a voracious reader of the classics from his childhood. He graduated in law and began his literary career in 1971 with ‘A normal family’, with freedom as the central theme of his works and analyzing how it is lost when it is about to be achieved.
His theatrical production was divided into three branches: realistic dramas, historical dramas and mythological core theatre. The marginalized and anonymous beings, victims of injustice and the weight of history, used to star in his pieces. A drama that was characterized by the use of different techniques, going from realism and surrealism to magical realism.
A contemporary and friend of Antonio Buero Vallejo, the Cervantes Alcarreño prize winner prefaced some of Miras’s works, many translated into Italian and performed in Germany and England. He made numerous stage adaptations of works by Chekhov, Lope de Vega, Calderón, Sóphocles or Aeschylus. He recast four appetizers from the Golden Age under the title ‘By order of the Lord Mayor’, adapted ‘El diablo cojuelo’ by Luis Vélez de Guevara for children, and created different versions of ‘Knight of Olmedo’
Winner of the great theater prizes such as Lope de Vega (1975) or Tirso de Molina (1980) in 2000 he deserved the National Prize for Dramatic Literature