Written in 1960 by Nelson Rodrigues, “Asphalt Kiss” (O Beijo no Asfalto) is considered a classic of the Brazilian stage. His plays are frequently divided in three groups: Psychological, mythical and Carioca tragedies. With “The Asphalt Kiss he created the carioca tragedy, a play examining the lower classes of Brazilian life, an idea that was unheard-of before Rodrigues’s works. From the beginning his plays shocked audiences and attracted the attention of censors.
Rodrigues is seen as a successor to Eugene Ionesco and a precursor to Harold Pinter. Full of rapid-fire dialogue, his plays deal with the dark side of human existence, featuring larger-than-life characters haunted, even obsessed, by their inner demons.This is Rodrigues in his best provocative form, displaying an accumulation of riveting horrors thrust upon an ordinary individual that ultimately spin out of control. The result is a most disturbing conclusion.
Way ahead of its time in 1960, the play remains contemporary on many different levels. The London version is directed by Franko Figueiredo and has Tereza Araujo and Gael Le Cornec among the cast.
The Asphalt Kiss
Stone Crabs also present A Mother’s Will an innovative, physical and immersive re-interpretation of the original story of Bernarda Alba and her daughter Adela. The play will be in London for 2 nights before it kick starts a tour across venues in London, rural community and small scale venues in the regions.
Directed by Christopher O’Donnell, A Mother’s Will explores themes of tradition, authoritarianism, women’s oppression and class prejudice in Latin America. Their story is very relevant and significant to our contemporary, culturally diverse audiences.
A Mother’s Will
Tickets: £13/£9 conc. www.tara-arts.com Box Office 020 8333 4457