Usigli, Rodolfo

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Usigli, Rodolfo Gender: M
born on 17 November 1905 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place Mexico City, Mexico, 19n24, 99w09
Timezone LMT m99w09 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 24°53' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 28°49 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 14°26'


Mexican playwright, called the "playwright of the Mexican Revolution," and known for the representation of strong women in his plays.

His 1937 book, The Gesticulating Demagogues, attacked the social issues ravaging Mexico, such as misuse of power that the bureaucracy had got from the Revolution of 1910. The play was subsequently banned, raising Usigli's reputation. His 1938 play El gesticulador was perhaps the only play ever to be censored by the Mexican government for political reasons.

Usigli experimented with crime fiction in the novel, Ensayo de un crimen (Rehearsal for a Crime), which in 1955 was adapted into a film, The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz, by Luis Buñuel. Usigli also wrote several essays on history, art and theatre. He was also an occasional poet, writing modest but interesting poems.

The award-winning Usigli believed the objective of theatre was to tell the truth about society.

He died on 18 June 1979, aged 73, in Mexico City.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from El Teatro Mexicano En Cierne, 1922-1938 by Guillermo Schmidhuber de la Mora (Lang, 1992), p. 139: "Rodolfo Usigli nació en la ciudad de México a las tres de la tarde, el 17 de noviembre de 1905."


  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Essayist)