Biography of Liboria o "Borita Casas" Casas Regueiro (1911-1999)

Journalist and Spanish playwright, born in Madrid on July 21, 1911 and died in 1999. In the world of media is known for his radio pseudonym Borita Casas.

From a very young showed a marked vocation towards humanistic knowledge related to the world of journalism, and as soon as she was old so got to translate this interest in a job that agreed in the Madrid Radio station. For many years he worked as there announcer, activity that he learned to combine with its ability to create characters and dramatic situations. Thus, in 1948 he invented a character, "Antoñita la Fantastica", which soon became one of the favorite figures of the post-war Spanish listeners. Walking time, this character would give foot Borita Casas to carry their adventures into the realm of literature, the adventures of "Antoñita la Fantastica" found an unexpected success in whose narrative and dramatic levels.

The stories that Borita Casas wrote about this character resulted in twelve volumes of children's literature, as well as a pair of theatrical productions that were carried to the Madrid stage at the end of the 1940s, when the child figure created by the Madrid journalist was at the height of its popularity. The first of these works, titled the clown bear, was for the first time to the tables at the Alcazar Theatre in Madrid, on December 19, 1948, in the course of a collective role in which are represented by several works of "theatre of dolls" (genus to which it belongs part). Clown bear, written by Borita Casas in collaboration with María Luisa Villardefrancos Legrand arose at the Alcazar theatre - under the direction of Consuelo Gil de Franco and the stage direction of Rosario Muro - like a staged dream of the "popular and likeable character radio Antoñita la Fantastica" (diario ABC, on December 21, 1948).

Same directors were responsible for mounting and staging of the second dramatic piece Borita Casas dedicated his lucky character, this time presented under the same name of Antoñita la Fantastica. Premiered at the Alcazar Theatre in Madrid, on December 13, 1949, it was intended also to a function specifically prepared for the dramatic genre of the theatre of dolls. In this work, the popular figure of the fantastic Antoñita lent his voice so serve as a guiding thread in the concatenation of a series of children's stories, traditional such as little Red Riding Hood and the cat with boots.

In addition to these two tiers premiered at the Alcazar Theatre, trumpet Court Casas Regueiro wrote another short piece of children's Theatre (titled the Princess who couldn't laugh), was apparently never brought to a scenario.

The work of Borita Casas - above all, character Antoñita la Fantastica - related was reflected also in numerous magazines and publications for children and youth of the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1955, following his wedding, Madrid journalist disappeared from the Spanish literary and journalistic scene moved to Mexico in the company of her husband. For eleven years she lived in the Aztec country, and in 1966, after her marital separation, returned to Spain to collaborate in a medium radio (National Radio). But the times and the mentality of the listeners had changed much respect to the era in which Borita Casas triumphed in all Spain with Antoñita la Fantastica, so the journalist and author Madrid finally abandoned its attempt to create new characters and dramatic situations.

Bibliography.

-BRAVO-VILLASANTE, Carmen. History of Spanish literature (Madrid: Editorial Spanish School, 1985).

-HOUSES, Borita (PS. trumpet Court Casas regueiro). Antoñita la Fantastica (Madrid: Castalia-Instituto de la Mujer, 1989). (Edition, introduction and notes of Ramiro Cristóbal).

-CERVERA, Juan. Critical history of Spanish children's Theatre (Madrid: Editora Nacional, 1982).

-CONCRETE, Juan Antonio (dir.). Authors in the history of the Spanish Theatre (1500-1994). (Madrid: publications of the Association of Directors of scene of Spain, 1996). 2 vols.