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A TWO-PART CELEBRATION OF BRAZILIAN PLAYWRIGHT NELSON RODRIGUES: SYMPOSIUM AND READINGS

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A TWO-PART CELEBRATION OF BRAZILIAN PLAYWRIGHT NELSON RODRIGUES: SYMPOSIUM AND READINGS

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Start:
Sep 27, 2005
End:
Sep 27, 2005
Cost:
Free
Venue:
Elebash Recital Hall
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Nelson Rodrigues (1912–1980) is considered the most important Brazilian playwright. Controversial and ambiguous, Rodrigues portrayed himself as a conservative, yet was one of Brazil’s most frequently censored playwrights. His plays were considered so disturbing and offensive that censors banned, for 21 years, one which had the innocuous title of Family Album. The premiere of another prompted an irate spectator to draw a gun. In spite of all of this, film director Bruno Barreto asserted that, if Rodrigues had written in English, “he would be as important as Tennessee Williams, O’Neill, or Pinter—such is the universal, timeless and subversive quality of his work.” Rodrigues’s status in Brazil is now that of a cultural hero. His most recognized and successful works include Vestido de Noiva (The Wedding Gown, 1943), O beijo no Asfalto (Kiss on the Asphalt, 1960), Bonitinha mas Ordinária (Cute but Ordinary, 1962), Toda Nudez será Castigada (All Nudity Shall Be Punished, 1965).

Symposium
Severino J. Albuquerque, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Ana Bernstein, NYU; Campbell Britton, UCLA; Fred M. Clark, UNC-Chapel Hill; David S. George, Lake Forrest College in Chicago; Claudio Medeiros, Middlebury College; Luiz Artur Nunes, Theatre of Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Brasil; Robert Stam, NYU

Readings
Kiss on the Asphalt and other plays, directed by Sara Cameron Sunde and others.

Cosponsor: The New York Rodrigues Festival; supported by The Brazilian Consulate, with the help of the Bildner Center

Symposium: 2–5:30 p.m., Tuesday September 27, 2005, Elebash Recital Hall

Celebration: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2005, Elebash Recital Hall

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