A história do homem que lutou sem conhecer seu grande inimigo (1988)

This play by Augusto Boal shows the trajectory of a symbolic character, Zé da Silva, in his fight against hunger. His adventures begin after he asks for a raise and ends up being fired. Zé da Silva then has to face prices that rise faster than he can make it to the fair; a Guardian Angel who charges royalties for the foreign capital every time Zé consumes anything, including Brazilian coffee owned by multinational corporations; the lack of beds in the National Health System run hospitals; and the empty promises of politicians during election time. The play explores the comic effects of demagogy through accessible humor, caricatures, farce situations, acrobatics, and lively drumming. The audience is invited to participate, and the actors are not satisfied in staying in the center of the circle. They work with provocations from the audience, walk among them, talk with them and ask for advice, building a complicity along the issues being discussed.


Additional Info

  • Title: A história do homem que lutou sem conhecer seu grande inimigo
  • Alternate Title: The story of the man who fought without ever meeting his enemy
  • Holdings: photo gallery
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Date: 1988
  • Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Adriano Marinho, Auro Azevedo, Clélio Cardoso, Caio Gomes, Dheiser Veiga, Isabel Azevedo, Isabella Lacerda, Jacque Rosa, José Carlos Carvalho, Maria Rosa, Marcos Castilhos, Paulo Flores, and Zé da Terreira Alex Barros Cassal, Arlete Cunha, Daniela Wilges, Kike Barbosa, Miriam Pereira, and Sérgio Etchichury
  • Credits: Play by Augusto Boal; Ói Nóis Aqui Traveiz, direction; Isabella Lacerda, costumes; Caio Gomes, music

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