male monologue about the perplexity


Text: Mickael de Oliveira
Direction and scenic space: John Romão
Interpretation: John Romão and Martim Barbeiro
Assistance direction: Alexandra Sargento
Sound design: Francisco Pessanha and Jorge Pina
Light design: José Álvaro Correia
Executive production: Ágata Alencoão and Lara Silveira
Assistant production: Mariana Vasconcelos
Co-production: Penetrarte / Colectivo 84, Murmuriu, Negócio/ZDB
Supports: Alkantara, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Companhia Clara Andermatt, Câmara Municipal de Almada, T.M. Maria Matos, T.M. São Luiz, Re.Al.

February 14th, Fórum Municipal Romeu Correia (Almada - Portugal) - Mostra de Teatro de Almada 2009;

April 1st - 11th, Negócio/ZDB (Lisbon - Portugal);
April 18th and 19th, Teatro Helena Sá e Costa (Porto - Portugal).

This text deals, as its name suggests, with the myth of Fedra that surrounds his victim - Hippolytus. In the classic versions, the victimization of Hippolytus is carried out through a logical falocentric and falocratic, being Fedra the reason female tragic, the element abnormal social and family. In this Hippolytus, Fedra, the female image before was wicked, fragile and sick, appears here as a predatory woman, mentally perverted and especially pedophile, in a logic of gender equality: "I do not understand why nobody speaks about pedophile mothers / Do they not exist / They are equal to men even in the morbid / They can also kill / They can shoot the garbage / with no great inconvenience / their own progenities or drown them / with two days of life and freeze them / That’s why I’m feminist today / Because I believe in gender equality / both in goodness and in cruelty." The Fedra’s speech does not appear in either of the divisions between the sexes, this Fedra is a contemporary stepmother, with the desire “to love her child with her hands" and to satisfy her sick needs on him. Thus, instead of hearing the report of Fedra, the author proposes to hear the story of the victim that will, over the years of sexual abuses, to be the predator, to punish the "trinity" of the house: Theseus, Fedra and himself.

In the monologue he speaks of a Hippolytus punished during childhood, but not so tragic, addressing, sometimes, serious problems in a comic tone and black humour. Among testimonies of brutality that was victim, the infantile love with his stepmother and the confession of an absent father, the false monologue will also be a tribute or a remembrance to cases of pedophilia and incest we have assist in these recent years, feeding with a patchwork of some real testimonies of victims.

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