Luis Muñoz: Inspiration and Influences

On writing, Inconlusos (‘Unfinished’)

Luis Muñoz describes his approach to writing the play.

“I read Lorca’s complete plays and poems again last summer. I’ve done this many times in my life, beginning when I was a teenager in Granada. At the University of Iowa, where I’m a professor, I teach a course about Lorca some semesters, so I read his work every time I teach this course. I love how the students try to discover new meanings in it, and how they receive the effect of his writing. But this summer I thought more about certain parts of his writing that are not so well known, because they are just notes, ideas, fragments, drafts. The openness of them is so rich and inspiring, like the beginning of a good conversation.”

 

What was it that inspired him about the poet?

“The potentiality of the unfinished work left by Lorca, and the tragedy of his execution viewed as the tragedy of an unfinished life. The unfinished has the energy of the possible, the gesture of a movement that wanted to continue. And the unfinished is literally the thing without an end, and in this sense, the unfinished is incredibly alive. On the other hand, the reasons why the work was not completed offer their own potency.”

 

How was he inspired by the poet’s house?

“Last summer I was living at the Residencia de Estudiantes in order to work on another project, and Alicia Gómez Navarro, the Residencia’s director, and Laura García Lorca, the director of the García Lorca Foundation, asked me about writing the mini-play. Well, I was living there, and the presence of Lorca is very strong in these spaces. I tried to giving a concrete form to the connection between Lorca and the buildings, the old rooms, the garden, the restaurant, the distance—in the 1920s—to Madrid’s downtown. Lorca was a brilliant explorer of the inner voices of spaces. One of the poems in the mini-play, for instance, is about his room, about his relationship with his room, the familiarity and the strangeness. Many of his writings are about the surprise and the tragedy of spaces contemplated as if with an ultrasensitive magnifying glass.”

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Adam Gordon

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Adam Gordon is an actor and a Director of Tooth + Nail Theatre Company. Born in Glasgow,  Scotland, where he grew up, he has been heavily involved in theatre from a young age. In 2010 after graduating from St Andrews University with an MA (hons) in English and Film, he went on to intern for the Writer’s Theatre in Chicago in 2011 before completing the two-year Professional Acting course at the École Jacques Lecoq in 2014. Previous work includes: Estragon, ‘Waiting for Godot’, Muckle Roe Productions at the Byre Theatre and Tour; Hedwig, ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’, Burnt Out Bulbs at GRV; (Director) ‘Dracula’, Daysleeper Productions at the Barron Theatre; Laertes, ‘Hamlet’, Two-Day Productions, C Venues, Edinburgh 2009.

In 2014, Adam co-founded Tooth + Nail, an international theatre company, at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq, in Paris. The Company’s original, devised work has been described as ‘dark, funny and highly physical.’ The most recent production, Hummingbird, has been performed at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving excellent reviews.

Maria Manolescu Borsa: Inspiration and Influences

On writing, The Ivy Door

Maria Manolescu Borsa describes her approach to writing the play.

“It`s hard to write about real people, and it`s even harder when you don`t have the chance to discuss with them the result, when they are not alive anymore and when they were very special people. Gellu Nam was such a sensitive man, he worked so much to protect his very simple and pure existence, and he was such a cultivated and gifted man, that I decided to consider myself his very humble disciple. This was my approach: more than a play, I tried to wrote a spiritual exercise through which I hoped to understand Gellu Naum and to try to practice, at least for a bit, his way of understanding the reality and especially the surreality.”

What inspired her about the Gella Naum?

“His fascinating, deep and pure life-long love for his wife. A spiritual love which fuelled his art as well as his views of this world and the other one. There aren`t many people, especially artists, who can inspire us in such way that complete love is possible, that love can be happy, can fulfil even the deepest desires of our souls and can last for a lifetime. I think we need this message and it`s worth spreading.”

How was she inspired by the poet’s house?

“My husband, who joined me when I visited the house, had a very beautiful and intense dream in which we were trying to buy a house very similar with Naum`s. But this was my husband`s dream. I had to work a little bit harder than him, and write a play, so I hope that`s where you`ll find the complete answer to this question.”

Luis Muñoz

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Luis Muñoz was born in Granada, Spain, in 1966. He has a degree in Spanish Philology and also in Romantic Philology. In a career spanning two decades, he has established himself as “one of the most brilliant poets of his generation,” (El Pais) who has been hailed for the clarity, originality and imagistic richness of his poems. His work, which includes: six published poetry collections: Septiembre (1991), Manzanas amarillas (1995), El apetito (1998), Correspondencias (2001),  Querido silencio (2006) and Limpiar pescado. Poesia reunida (2016), has received numerous awards including the Generation 27 award for Correspondencias, and the Ojo Critico award.  Muñoz has been an advisor to the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid for ten years and is currently a professor, teaching on the MFA in Spanish Creative Writing Programme in Spanish at the University of Iowa. He divides his time between Iowa and Madrid.