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Carlos Gorostiza

Carlos Gorostiza is a prominent Argentine playwright, theatre director and novelist.

Carlos Gorostiza was born to Basque Argentine parents in the upscale Buenos Aires borough of Palermo. He and an older brother enjoyed a happy early childhood until, in 1926, their father, Fermin Gorostiza (among the first Argentines to receive a pilot's licence) abandoned the family. Mrs. Gorostiza, who took up employment with a clothing designer, and her two sons, who entered the labor force as children, gradually recovered from the setback and, in 1931, she remarried and had a daughter, Maria Esther, who went on to become a moderately successful actress under the pseudonym Analia Gade.

His stepfather, a playwright born in Spain, introduced Carlos to the theatre and in 1943, he debuted his first work, a puppet show titled La clave encantada ("The Enchanted Key"). The show's draw allowed him to open a puppet theatre, La Estrella Grande ("Big Star") and he began frequenting the Mascara (Mask) Theatre, where he began a successful run as Creon in their productions of the classic Greek tragedy, Antigone. Encouraged by friends, he presented his first play at the Mascara Theatre in 1949, El puente ("The Bridge"). Capturing the tension between different social classes in Buenos Aires, the realist El puente drew partly on his own childhood experiences with his mother's fallen social status and secured his reputation in Buenos Aires' vibrant theatre scene. Produced in a professional version by director [[w:es:Armando Discepolo|Armando Discepolo]] at the prestigious Argentine Theatre, El puente was adapted into a film version under Gorostiza's direction in 1950.

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