Readings @
The 59e59 Theater

Throughout the month of October we will partner with several New York City theater companies to offer readings of Rodrigues' greatest plays.

Black Angel by Nelson Rodrigues

A reading by the Classical Theatre of Harlem

Tuesday October 18, 8pm
Location: 59E59 Theater (theater B)

An explosive play that deals with issues of race and incest, Black Angel has the force of a Greek tragedy. The play is considered one of Rodrigues' masterpieces. A successful black doctor marries a white woman and their marriage cannot help but reflect the dysfunctional race relations of society at large.  The woman slowly kills their black children one by one, and the husband does nothing to intervene. When the doctor's white brother arrives, his wife sleeps with him in the hopes of having a white son. 

The Wedding Gown by Nelson Rodrigues
A reading by Repertorio Español

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2pm
Location: 59E59 Theater (theater B)

Nelson Rodrigues' second play, The Wedding Gown, is considered a watershed in Brazilian theater as the playwright revealed his mastery of his craft by overlapping moments in time and place in order to create a more dynamic vision of reality. The play has been described as a jigsaw puzzle -- we are left to interpret the truth from the disjointed hallucinations of a woman lying on an operating table after suffering a serious accident. The woman mixes her life story with the story of a prostitute whose diary she once read. Slowly we discover the mystery of the woman's accident. 

The Seven Kittens by Nelson Rodrigues

A reading with LAByrinth Theater Company

Saturday, October 29th, 2pm
Location: 59E59 Theater (theater B)

Described by the playwright as a "divine comedy,"  the play is considered one of Nelson Rodrigues' masterpieces. Determined to remind us that things are not always what they appear, Rodrigues created the Noronha family, a seemingly normal lower-middle class Brazilian family. As the action unfolds, we become aware that nothing is as it seems. Four of the five daughters are prostitutes, and the one young daughter who is held up as the symbol of chastity by the family is no longer a virgin. The mother writes obscenities on the bathroom wall, and the father prohibits the family from using toilet paper. The family's many unspoken secrets climax with a gruesome last scene.

To make reservations for all readings call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit the 59E59 Box Office.  Suggested donations will be accepted at the door. 


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