The Pornographic Angel
In collaboration with Lord Strange
productions, Tantrum Theater is currently
in rehearsals for
The Pornographic Angel,
an adaptation of six short stories
by Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues.
The Pornographic Angel
Yale University Caberet, New Haven, CT
Ohio Theater, New York City, NY
From the director
"It was not lightly that
Brazilian playwright, fiction writer, chronicler, and journalist Nelson
Rodrigues called himself a "pornographic angel..." In spite of describing his
dramatic work as an "unpleasant theatre," Rodrigues elegant and poetic
language earned him the place of Brazil's most acclaimed playwright to date...The
takes as its point of departure a small selection of these wonderful short
stories. As strange puzzle pieces, together they unravel Rodrigues' troubled
psychological world, the innermost shames and desires of Rio de Janeiro's
middle class in the 1950s and 1960s; they are also, and nonetheless, fragments
of what could be any audience member's most feared nightmares. A quotidian
event, a simple gesture, a missed look, an unreturned kindness, or the turn of
the page; unsuspected events that leave his characters astonished as they
wrestle with this most damned angel: passion gone wrong...We invite you, too,
to look through the keyhole; The Pornographic Angel is all but a glance, a
fortuitous incursion into the silent and irreparable moment of loss, a bitter
and yet irresistible look into life as it is."
Tantrum Theatre -
The mission of Tantrum
Theater is to investigate performance craft through long-term research and
collaboration among artists in different areas of theater-making. Performance
projects are created by drawing from a variety of narrative genres with
interest in how sound, movement, and visual elements can create a theatrical
experience that is both personal and collective. By emphasizing physical and
vocal training, Tantrum Theater's work is meant to stimulate both the artist's
and the spectator's understanding of what theatre can be. Tantrum Theater can
be reached at
Five Kinds of Silence
“Five Kinds of Silence” by Shelagh Stephenson, won the 1996
Writers Guild Award for Best Original Radio Play and the 1997 Sony Award for
Best Original Drama in the United Kingdom. The highly acclaimed stage version
of this play tells the story of a family in which control has become the
driving force, where everything has its place, and where there are only rules,
duties and punishments.
“Five Kinds of Silence
begins with a murder, but this is no whodunit, for we see the killers and
the killing. Nor is it a "why did they do it?" for we know from the first
speech that the victim, Billy, is a wife-beater and it is soon revealed
that he physically and sexually abused his two daughters, Janet and Susan,
for a period of decades, not just years. What the play does is to look at
the effects on the abused and, through a series of set piece speeches (one
immediately before and the others after death), the motivation of the abuser”.
“Wake” – Pre-Production as Director
The unfound trauma of birth, shocks us into
a lifelong search for someone to take over from the initial separation.
A portrait of a love affair is brought to Wake, by Milo an
erotic fiction writer.
We follow him through a determined investigation of the complexities of
love and why he fears it so tremendously.
After spending weeks observing characters, he finally stumbles upon his
muse Aurea ,a photographer moonlighting as a waitress, and the 3-month
love story begins.
Allowing these two characters to be the entire cast enables us to
capture the central theme, when we’re in love everything else fails to
Milo tickles our imagination with the wonderment of what is real, what
is fiction, and what is simply metaphor for life?
Through the stillness of photographs, the portraiture
captured become vignette like, giving Wake the freedom to explore a
European style of film making which is complementary to its stylized
message and its erotic drama genre.
& I," as Uncle
Film & TV
"The Interpreter" - now on
DVD- as the Portuguese Janitor opposite Nicole Kidman, also staring
J. Bourassa Jr. - "Vial"
- Independent short film (45 Minutes) - in post-production.
Courage Productions Inc. -
"Father" - Independent short film - in post-production.
"The Goad" - Now on the
"The Asphalt Kiss,"performed at 59E5,
with an English translation by Alex
Ladd, and directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde, produced by Lord Strange
Company. As a man lies dying from a hit-and-run accident on a
busy Rio street, a male stranger comes to his aid and fulfills his
dying wish for a kiss. An unscrupulous reporter, eager to feed a
scandal-hungry public, witnesses this kiss and turns a simple act of
human compassion into salacious front-page news. While the Good
Samaritan tries to hide from the tabloid spotlight, his entire life is
turned into a media circus up until the final shocking conclusion.
Veteran actor Charles Turner leads the cast of
"The Asphalt Kiss,"
which features Joe Capozzi, Arlene Chico-Lugo,
Paul de Sousa,
Jessica Kaye, Paul Klementowicz, James Martinez and Dawn McGee.
"Galaxy Video II" by Marc Morales
- Co-Producer - Edge
"Cheers & Tears - a fundraiser"
by Marc Morales -