Matías Montes Huidobro was born in Sagua la Grande in the province of Havana in 1931. There he attended several private elementary schools. At the capital he studied at the Instituto No. 1. de La Habana. Montes Huidobro went on to the Universidad de La Habana where he obtained a doctorate in education in 1952. It was while at the university that he began to get involved with the theater. In 1950 his play "Las cuatro brujas" placed as a finalist in the Prometeo National Play Contest that year. By the next year he had won First Prize at the same competition for his play "Sobre las mismas rocas," which was also produced by Prometeo as a result of the contest. From 1959 to 1961 he wrote theater pieces free lance for Lunes de Revolución. He became the Drama Review Critic for Periódico Revolución from 1960 to 1961, a role he also played on TV Revolución in Havana. From 1964 to the present he has taught Hispanic theater at the University of Hawaii, with occasional visiting professor stints at Arizona State University, Swarthmore College and the University of Pittsburgh.
Montes Huidobro is the author of over one hundred (100) articles published in the newspapers mentioned above as well as in monthly magazines. They are related to the theater or to literature in general on varied topics such as Hamlet, Juan Antonio Ramos, Paddy Chayefsky, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Beijing Opera, Cervantes, Chekov, Las pericas, Stanislavski, Cuban authors such as Piñera, Felipe, Ferrer, Ferreira, Camps, Parrado, González de Cascorro, Alonso, Millán, Triana, Álvarez Rios, Cuqui Ponce, José Martí; Spanish and Latin American authors like Lorca, Calvo Sotelo, Llopis, Mihura, Salinas, Ruíz Iriarte, Neville, Buero Vallejo, Lope de Vega, Boch, and from other countries such as Moliere, Anouilh, Sartre, Ionesco, Pirandello, Williams, Inge, Brecht y Chekov. He has also written two major books on theater: Persona: vida y máscara en el teatro cubano ( Miami: Ediciones Universal, 1975), and Personas: vida y máscara en el teatro puertorriqueño ( Puerto Rico: Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y del Caribe, 1986).
His creative work in drama, however, has brought him wide acclaim. He is the author of some twenty plays. Three of them, including "Your Better Half" in this anthology, Ojos para no ver ( Miami: Ediciones Universal, 1979) and "La sal de los muertos" in Teatro contempordneo hispanoamericano III ( Madrid: Escelicer,
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Publication information: Book title: Cuban American Theater. Contributors: Rodolfo J. Cortina - Editor. Publisher: Arte Publico Press. Place of publication: Houston, TX. Publication year: 1991. Page number: 55.
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