Portuguese American Journal

Theater: Drama brings Fernando Pessoa to life – NYC

New York based teather production Yinzerspielen is presenting Casa de Pessoa an international performance collective bringing Fernando Pessoa to life. The performance takes place, July 21, 25, and 27, at 9pm, at the IATI’ Theater, 64 East 4th Street, Manhattan, NY,NY.

Using its audience as material, the immersive performance  is part of the IATI Theater’s 2013 Performing Arts Marathon event. Scientist Kati Zenith and her husband Richard Zenith, Fernando Pessoa’s English translator, will interact with the audience.

Casa de Pessoa was first produced as part of Yinzerspielen’s “apartment plays series” in August 2012, by a team of international performs, writers and directors, headed by Patrick Berger and Cory Tamler (Yinzerspielen ). The performance has been since recreated for the new space with a new ensemble of performers.

Established in 2009, Yinzerspielen produces theater in unexpected places, using collaborative techniques to create performances that are “consciously inter-disciplinary, researched bases and participatory.”

Casa de Pessoa was conceived and is directed by Patrik Bergeer and Cory Tamler, dramaturge Jessica Applebaum with Alinne Alves Mello, Tara Eliot, Katjana Gerz, Maria Gijhooley, Caitlin Goldie, and Adam Thomas Smith.

A Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) is one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century.  Considered one of the greatest modernists in any language, he wrote in Portuguese and English under a number of heteronyms – imaginary literary alter egos – with individual identities complete with distinct biographies, occupations, lifestyles and dissimilar literary tastes and styles.


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