Juan Diego Botto has obtained today the National Theater Award for 2021, for his “deep and permanent commitment to the scene” and his ability “to reach the general public through a clear and simple language but loaded with poetry.” It is delivered by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and is endowed with 30,000 euros.
Botto has been proposed by the work A moonless night, represented in the Spanish Theater and in which the actor sang a monologue about the last days of Federico García Lorca. In the words of the jury, the winner understands the scene as a “vehicle for the transmission of uncomfortable political and social realities” and in this representation has demonstrated “its nature of man of integral theater “, as a playwright and interpreter, as well as” the enormous validity that Lorca’s discourse possesses today. ”
A moonless night, Written and performed by Botto and directed by Sergio Peris Mencheta, it is a work that, based on his interviews, talks, lectures and verses, tries to compose the social narrative of the time and the political and cultural commitment of Lorca. He also tries to answer the question that is repeated in the performance: why was he shot?
According to his friend and director, Botto is obsessed with Lorca, “he is Juan Diego’s life partner.” “I wrote about what I always write, about a man who was killed and made to disappear,” the actor explained in this interview. The play was a critical and absolute audience success, filling several nights in a row the box and stalls of the Spanish Theater in Madrid.