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Centurión, Roque Miranda (1900–1960)

Centurión, Roque Miranda (1900–1960)

Roque Miranda Centurión (b. 1900; d. 1960), Paraguayan dramatist. Born in Carapeguá, Centurión completed his secondary education at the National College in Asunción and began his theatrical career in the capital city in 1926 as an actor in Félix Fernández's Mborayjhú pajhú. That same year, his first play, Cupido sudando, was performed. From 1926 to 1928, he lived in France and Spain. In 1932, he collaborated with Josefina Plá in the Spanish-Guarani play Episodios chaqueños. In 1933, his play Tuyú, in Guarani, was performed, and in 1942 and 1943, he again collaborated with Plá in Desheredado and Sobre en blanco.

Centurión was the founder of the Escuela Municipal de Declamación y Arte Escénico, which he directed until 1960. He was one of the founders of the Academia de la Lengua y Cultura Guaraní. A radio pioneer, in 1936, Centurión promoted "La Peña," a broadcast created to provide the airways with cultural programs. In 1939, with Plá, he initiated the radio series "Proal," and he created the program "La Voz Cultural de la Nación."

See alsoRadio and Television; Theater.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Carlos R. Centurión, Historia de la cultura paraguaya, vol. 2 (1961).

Additional Bibliography

Rodríguez-Alcalá, Hugo, and Dirma Pardo de Carugati, eds. Historia de la literatura paraguaya. Asunción: Editorial El Lector, 1999.

                              Thomas E. Case

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