FTA’s ‘Tom na Fazenda’ returns to Montreal at Usine C from March 3 to 12

Rodrigo Portella’s powerful and raw production portrays social issues in Brazil today

Tom na Fazenda (© Ana Claudia)

Michel Marc Bouchard’s play, Tom à la ferme, received a resounding success throughout the world, in addition to being adapted on screen by Xavier Dolan. Usine C is happy to bring back to Montreal its Brazilian adaptation, Tom na Fazenda, which is considered by the author himself to be the most powerful one. Awarded best theater performance in 2019 by the São Paulo Art Critics Association and a great success of the FTA in 2018, Rodrigo Portella’s direction powerfully portrays social issues that are still very present in Brazil. A spectacular direction and a shattering story. Showcased at Usine C from March 3 to 12. 

After the death of his lover, Tom journeys deep into the backcountry to attend his funeral. He discovers a mother who knew nothing of his son’s love life and a brother who chose to bury the truth at all costs.

This remake of Tom à la ferme, a classic from Quebec’s contemporary theater scene, suggests a reading rooted in physicality and sensuality. In the Brazilian’s context, where the number of homophobic murders is peaking, the play features a terrible resonance.

Covered in mud, the stage becomes a battlefield for male bodies dealing with mourning, fears and passions that cannot be tamed. A shattering piece that can’t be missed.

Gustavo Vaz and Armando Babaioff in “Tom na Fazenda” (Photo © José Limongi)

Rodrigo Portella and Michel Marc Bouchard

Rodrigo Portella is a renowned and prolific Brazilian artist who directed close to twenty plays, and wrote around fifteen. He is the founder of the Cia Corteio company, created in 2009, and director general of the festival Off Rio – Multifestival de Teatro de Três Rios. His shows are touring all over Brazil and worldwide.

Author of Feluettes and Muses Orphelines, among others, Michel Marc Bouchard is one of the most important voices of Quebec’s drama playwriting. He has written more than 25 plays and received numerous awards. Created in 2011, Tom à la ferme was adapted on screen by Xavier Dolan in 2013; already translated into nine languages, the play has already been produced 15 times here and abroad.

Read here Montreal Theatre Hub’s previous review of the FTA production of Tom Na Fazenda.

 Written by Michel Marc Bouchard Translator Armando Babaioff Director Rodrigo Portella Cast Armando Babaioff, Soraya Ravenle, Gustavo Vaz and Camila Nhary Set designer Aurora dos Campos Lighting designer Tomás Ribas Costume Designer: Bruno Perlatto Musical Director Marcello H Guitars and acoustic guitars Jr Tostoi and Marcello H Physical coach Lu Brites Choreography Toni Rodrigues Visual programming Bruno Dante Stage manager / social media Egídio La Pasta Hair Stylist Ezequiel Blanc Assistant set designer Manu Libman Assistant costume designer  Luísa Marques Production Directors Sérgio Saboya and Silvio Batistela Executive production Milena MonteiroProduction Galharufa Produções Idealization ABGV Produções Artísticas Presented by Usine C, with the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

MARCH 3 → 5 + 11 → 12 at 7 pm
MARCH 6 at 8 pm
MARCH 7 + 8 at 3 pm

Presented In Portuguese with French and English surtitles
 Conversation with the public after the performance of Thursday, March 5

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