Celestino Gorostiza

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Celestino Gorostiza Alcalá (born January 31, 1904 in Villahermosa – January 11, 1967 in Mexico City) was a Mexican theater and cine playwright, director and dramatist.


Gorostiza, son of Celestino Gorostiza and Elvira Alcalá de Gorostiza, was the older brother of José Gorostiza. He was co-founder of the Ulises theater (1927-1928) and of the Orientación theater (1932), both in Mexico City[1] Gorostiza was married to Araceli Otero Mena, older sister of Clementina Otero. Araceli gave birth to their daughter Paloma Gorostiza Otero.[2]

He was a numbered member of the Academia Mexicana de la Lengua and a member of the Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas, as well as director of the department of theater at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.[3] Due to his 100th birthday in 2004, a 7 Mex$ memorial stamp was launched.[4]




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Theater works[edit]

  • La Malinche, 1958 (historical drama)[5]
  • La leña está verde, 1958[6]
  • Columna social, 1953[5]
  • El color de nuestra piel, 1952 (three-act play)[7]
  • La mujer ideal, 1943[7]
  • La reina de la nieve, 1942[7]
  • Escombros del sueño, 1938[6]
  • El nuevo paraíso, 1930[6]
  • Ser o no ser, 1934[6]
  • La escuela del amor, 1933[6]


  • Premio Ruiz de Alarcón, for El color de nuestra piel, 1952[7]



  1. ^ Biografia de Celestino Gorostiza (Spanish)
  2. ^ El trato con Gorostiza.(El Angel) (Spanish), February 1, 2004.
  3. ^ [1] (Spanish)
  4. ^ 100 years memorial stamp from 2004[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b Andrea G. Labinger: Time, Space and the Refracted Self in Gorostiza's, Spring 1979.
  6. ^ a b c d e Teatro Ulises (1928) - Celestino Gorostiza (1904-1967), in Lateinamerikanisches Theater (German), University of Graz.
  7. ^ a b c d Lateinamerikanisches Theater nach Ländern (German), University of Graz.

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