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Puerto Rico: Honran a Luis Rafael Sánchez (Honoring Luis Rafael Sánchez)
Institute of  Puerto Rican Culture  paying tribute to Luis Rafael Sánchez at the opening night of Quintúples, March 2022
Institute of Puerto Rican Culture paying tribute to Luis Rafael Sánchez at the opening night of Quintúples, March 2022

El pasado 18 de marzo abrió el Festival de Teatro Puertorriqueño e Internacional con la reposición de la obra Quintúples de Luis Rafael Sánchez. En este clásico del teatro puertorriqueño, que consta de seis magistrales monólogos, el público se encuentra en un Congreso de Asuntos de la Familia, convirtiéndose así en testigos de las vivencias y problemas de la familia Morrison. En esta producción, presentada en el Teatro Victoria Espinosa en Santurce, la obra estuvo interpretada por los actores Jacqueline Duprey y Joaquín Jarque, bajo la dirección de Emineh de Lourdes. 

Previo al estreno de este nuevo montaje, el Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña le rindió un merecido homenaje a Luis Rafael Sánchez, ícono de nuestra literatura. “Varias generaciones recordamos cuando los actores Idalia Pérez Garay y José Félix Gómez daban vida a los quintúples Morrison, pero luego de varios años sin representarse la obra son muchos los que no habían conocido este texto. Al abrir el festival con Quintúples, no solo pudimos ver el gran trabajo de esta nueva propuesta, si no que muchos disfrutaron por primera vez del ingenio de la escritura de Luis Rafael Sánchez”, nos comentó Marcos Carlos Cintrón, director del Programa Artes Escénicos del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña.

El reconocido escritor no solo se ha destacado como dramaturgo por sus obras Quintúples y La pasión según Antígona Pérez, sino también como novelista y ensayista. Su novela, La Guaracha del Macho Camacho, le ha ganado fama internacional, posicionándolo entre uno de los escritores más prominentes del canon latinoamericano. Luis Rafael Sánchez es un verdadero genio del uso de nuestro lenguaje puertorriqueño para expresar la complejidad de nuestra identidad y realidad. Su lenguaje, tanto en prosa como diálogo, son una mezcla alucinante de ritmo, poesía, imágenes y una viva fotografía de lo que nos hace puertorriqueños.

“Luis Rafael Sánchez es un ejemplo de la calidad de la dramaturgia con la que cuenta el país. Estamos en un momento donde nuevas generaciones están comenzando sus pasos como escritores. Queremos que nuestros futuros dramaturgos conozcan la historia de nuestro teatro. Al dedicarle el festival, queremos resaltar su legado y que sirva de inspiración para otros”, nos añade Cintrón. Y al preguntarle si tiene especial importancia el dedicarle el festival cuando el teatro empieza a recuperarse de la pandemia, el director del Programa Artes Escénicos, nos comenta: “Luego del proceso obligatorio de cierre por la pandemia, toda iniciativa es vital para que las salas de los teatros retomen los proyectos. El Festival de Teatro Puertorriqueño e Internacional ha sido por años pieza clave para fomentar nuestro teatro y dar un impulso a la economía que genera nuestra industria. El teatro se transforma al igual que nuestras vidas y los dramaturgos son siempre ese primer eslabón para contar nuestras historias de puertorriqueñas y puertorriqueños al mundo.” 

Como bien dice Papá Morrison al concluir Quintúples: “el teatro es una maroma audaz, un feroz riesgo”, pero, con su gran legado, Luis Rafael Sánchez, nos inspira a crear desde el atrevimiento.


The 2022 Puerto Rican and International Theater Festival opened on March 18 with the remounting of the play Quintúples by Luis Rafael Sánchez. The piece, a Puerto Rican theatre classic, consists of six masterfully written monologues. During the play, the audience finds themselves at a Congress for Family Affairs becoming the witnesses of the lives and tribulations of the Morrison family. The new production, performed by Jacqueline Duprey and Joaquín Jarque, was directed by Emineh de Lourdes and presented at the Teatro Victoria Espinosa in Santurce.

On opening night, the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture paid tribute to Luis Rafael Sánchez, a literary icon. “Several generations remember when Idalia Pérez Garay and José Félix Gómez brought to life the Morrison quintuplets, but after several years of the play not being produced, there’s an audience that doesn’t know it. By opening the festival with this new production of Quintúples, not only could we experience a new approach to the play, but many could enjoy Luis Rafael Sánchez’s ingenious writing for the first time,” says Marcos Carlos Cintrón, Director of the Theatre Program at the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.

The renowned author has not only stood out as a playwright for works like Quintúples and La pasión según Antígona Pérez, but also as a novelist and essayist. His novel La guaracha del macho Camacho gained him international fame, positioning him as one of the most prominent writers of the Latin American canon. Luis Rafael Sánchez is a genius in how he uses the Puerto Rican dialect when it comes to expressing the complexity of our identity and reality. Both his dialogue and prose are an amazing mix of rhythm, poetry, and imagery and a vivid depiction of what makes us Puerto Rican.

“Luis Rafael Sánchez is an example of the quality of the playwriting our country offers. We’re at a time when new generations are starting to develop as writers. We want our future playwrights to know the history of our theatre. By dedicating this festival to him, we want to highlight his legacy as a way to inspire others,” adds Cintrón. And when asked if it had special meaning to dedicate the festival to him when the theatre is starting to recover from the pandemic, the Director of the Theatre Program added, “After the mandatory closing due to the pandemic, any initiative is vital to bringing projects back to theatre spaces. The Puerto Rican and International Theater Festival has been for years a key element in fostering our theatre and a stimulus to the economy this industry generates. Like our lives, theatre transforms, and playwrights are always the first link to tell the stories of us Puerto Ricans to the rest of the world.”

As Papa Morrison says at the end of Quintúples: “theatre is a fearless pirouette, a fierce risk,” and with his great legacy, Luis Rafael Sánchez inspires us to create and be daring.  

Tere Martínez
Tere Martínez

is a Puerto Rican playwright and educator. Her commitment to education has inspired her to write about a wide variety of socially relevant topics. Her plays have been produced both in the United States and in Puerto Rico. 

Brigitte Viellieu-Davis
Brigitte Viellieu-Davis

is an award-winning playwright, performer, and producer. She has worked with theatrical pioneers Anna Deavere Smith and Eve Ensler and has created initiatives for and consulted with such organizations as The Rubin Museum of Art, NYU’s School for Art & Public Policy, The Actors Fund Home, Educators for Social Responsibility, The Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Urban Stages, and WP Theater.