Roberto Ramos-Perea was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico in 1959. He is a playwright, actor, director, journalist, researcher and theatre critic. He is one of the most active spokesmen for his generation of playwrights, and has worked as a reporter for El Reportero and El Mundo while contributing weekly columns for Puerto Rico Ilustrado. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Ateneo Puertorriqueño. Presently he is also theatre critic for La Revista VEA and writes weekly columns for a newspaper, El Vocero. He has premiered more than 30 plays in Puerto Rico, the U.S.A., Spain, Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina, México, Chile, and the Dominican Republic. Several of his plays have been translated to English.
Roberto Ramos-Perea's work has been awarded numerous prizes including the Premio de Teatro René Márquez del Ateneo Puertorriqueño in 1983 for Módulo 104 and in 1984 for Cueva de Ladrones. In addition he received the Premio Nacional de Teatro given by the PEN Club in 1987, and the Premio Nacional de Periodismo (premio Bolívar Pagán) (National Award for Journalism) in 1987 and 1992.
In December of 1992 it was announced that Ramos-Perea was named winner of the highly esteemed Premio Tirso de Molina by the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana de Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores in Madrid, Spain for his play Miénteme más (Lie to Me Some More). The play was published by the Instituto and was premiered in Cádiz. Ramos-Perea's Morir de Noche (To Die By Night) was also was among the final group of six plays which were considered for the award.
The author's publications and/or productions include the following works: Revolución en el Infierno (1982); Módulo 104 Revolución en el Purgatorio (1983); Cueva de Ladrones-Revolución en el Paraíso (1984); El sueño vicioso (1979); Ese punto de vista (1981); La Mueca de Pandora (1981); Los 200 No (1983); Crimen y Castigo (1984); Camándula (1985); Malasangre la nueva emigración (1987); Golpe de Rejas (1987); Censurado (1987); Obsesión (1988); A puro bolero (1989); Yalta (1989); Llanto de Luna (1989); Las amantes pasan el año nuevo solas (1990); Mistiblú (1991); Miénteme más (1991); Melodía Salvaje (1992); Motel (1992); Morir de Noche (1992); Tuya Siempre, Julita (1992), Callando Amores (1994), El Narcicista (1995), Besos de Fuego (1996), Vida de un poeta romántico (1996).
In addition to the works mentioned above, Ramos-Perea has written adaptations, books of short stories, Sangre de niño (1976) and El Mensaje del extraño (1986), and a book of essays, Perspectiva de la Nueva Dramaturgia Puertorriqueño (1989).is his latest novel.
Works in Translation by
Prof. Charles Philip Thomas
After Death (Después de la muerte)