Conference to Focus on Portuguese and Brazilian Theater

Plays, old and new, and scholarly papers about the theater will combine at a Yale University conference on “Staging Brazilian and Portuguese Theater,” November 10-11.

Students from the Yale School of Drama will perform a staged reading in English of “Three of Hearts” (Coracao na Boca), a Brazilian romantic drama by contemporary playwright Francisco Azevedo. The performance will take place on Friday, November 10, at 4 p.m. in Sudler Auditorium, William L. Harkness Hall, 100 College Street. Azevedo will be on hand to discuss his work and its similarities to popular Brazilian television “novelas.”

The Provincetown, Massachusetts, Theater Company will produce a staged reading of a classic Portuguese play, Gil Vicente’s (1465-1536) comedy, “The India Play” (Auto da India) on November 11 in Sudler Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Vicente’s farce, only recently translated into English, tells of a wife who enjoys the high life while her husband is off discovering new territories in Asia with the fleet.

Scholars of Brazilian and Portuguese theater will present papers on Friday and Saturday afternoon in the Romance Languages Lounge, 82-90 Wall Street, 2-5 p.m. A reception will follow the talks on Friday at 6 p.m. in the lounge.

All events are free of charge and open to the public. The conference is sponsored by the Yale Center for International and Area Studies, the Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies, the Kempf Fund, and the Portuguese division of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

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