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A Soldier in Every Son

A Soldier in Every Son

The Rise of the Aztecs

Luis Mario Moncada; Translated by Gary Owen

Oberon Books

'A master class in both storytelling and the applicability of Shakespeare’s style (it is inspired by his Histories). Luis Mario Moncada’s script, and Gary Owen’s translation, combine to create a superb text with plenty of meat for the cast.' 5 stars – What’s On Stage

‘Fabulous… In this summer of Shakespearean internationalism… this latest RSC commission may prove the most inventively exciting of all.’ – The Times

Late 14th century in the Valley of Mexico and a small, unknown tribe called the Aztecs propel themselves from nomadic mercenaries to rulers of a great empire. Passion, power and intrigue play out in this epic political thriller which charts the history of an ancient civilization. Spanning a century and based on true events chronicled in the Aztec codices, A Soldier In Every Son – The Rise of the Aztecs is closely inspired by Shakespeare’s history plays. A Compañía Nacional de Teatro de México/Royal Shakespeare Company co-production. Originally commissioned for the World Shakespeare Festival which is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company for London 2012 Festival.

Playwright, actor and theatre researcher, Luis Mario Moncada has written and adapted nearly thirty plays, almost all of which have been produced; some of them have been translated into English, French and German, and received several national awards. As a researcher, he has written a detailed study of twentieth-century Mexican theatre, as well as numerous articles for professional journals. He has been head of the Centre for Theatre Research, ‘Rodolfo Usigli’ (CITRU) and of the Hellenic Cultural Centre of Mexico, among others. He has received many awards, including the National Award for Young Talent in 1985 and the Ruiz de Alarcón Prize in 2012 for his career as an author.

Gary Owen is the winner of the George Devine, Meyer Whitworth and Pearson Best Play Awards. His other plays include Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco, The Shadow of a Boy, The Drowned World, Mrs Reynolds and the Ruffian and Love Steals Us From Loneliness. With Helen Raynor he was writer and creator of the BBC Wales series Baker Boys. His most recent theatre work includes Perfect Match for Watford Palace Theatre, where he is a creative associate, and Ring Ring, a new version of La Ronde for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In June 2015 he made his Royal Court debut with Violence and Son, directed by Hamish Pirie. Iphigenia in Splott for Sherman Cymru won Best New Play at the UK Theatre Awards 2015.

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