Talk about madness, schizophrenia and suffering, but not in a dense or heavy way. This is the motto and challenge of the play “The Man Who Swallowed a Chip”. By bringing up themes that are so close, but delicate, the production carries out its mission with lightness, good humor, respect and reflection.
With the performance of Manoel Madeira, direction by Adriano Garib and dramaturgy by Ramon Nunes Mello, the unprecedented production is on display until August 30, at Espaço Rogério Cardoso, at Casa de Cultura Laura Alvim, in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro ( RJ).
Contemplated by the Carioca Culture Promotion Program of the Municipal Secretariat of Culture of Rio de Janeiro (FOCA), the monologue is an adaptation of “All dogs are blue”, a self-fictional novel by Rio de Janeiro poet, writer and artist Rodrigo de Souza Leão ( 1965-2009). Performances are always at 7 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
In the book, Souza Leão romantically narrates his day to day during a period of hospitalization, in a unique, fun and creative way. On stage, Manoel Madeira acts as a performer, at times recounting the situation experienced by the writer and at others putting himself in his place as an artist and citizen.
Without intending to “be” Rodrigo, there are similarities between the character and him, but what matters here is the scenic language he creates. And the recreation that the theater brings to the public, giving new meaning to history.
The adaptation of the work for the theater is by the playwright Ramon Nunes Mello. “I met Rodrigo in 2008, after reading ‘All dogs are blue’. I was impacted by the poetry and the language, and the way he approaches a difficult topic like madness, based on his own personal experience, is unique in Brazilian literature. Fifteen years after the release of the work, I decided to adapt the book as a monologue, as I believe that Rodrigo’s words can gain a new dimension through the theatrical scene”, considers Ramon.
Laura Alvim House of Culture / Rogério Cardoso Space
Av. Vieira Souto, nº 176 – Ipanema
From August 8th to 30th (Tuesdays and Wednesdays), 7pm
Tickets: BRL 40 (full ticket) and BRL 20 (half ticket)
Link to purchase: https://funarj.eleventickets.com/
Duration: 60 minutes
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Eduardo Miranda