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Brazil Fado

Megan Terry, directed and structured by Jo Ann Schmidman
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BRAZIL FADO juxtaposes descriptions of horror and torture in repressive junta-controlled South American countries against everyday life in America. The play takes place in two places at once: the first, a fantasy television station in the Brazil of your mind; the second, superimposed above the first, in the bedroom of an inept, young American couple.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (3 female, 2 male, multiple bit parts, flexible casting)
Full Length Dark Comedy (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“I was skeptical, I’ll admit. When a director tells me she’s doing a comedy about torture, my first thought is that the show must be a little sick. My second is that the play will surely be in bad taste. After all, nice people don’t laugh at things like that. But BRAZIL FADO is neither sick nor sickening. It’s a nicely done piece of unusual theater. And it’s funny. BRAZIL FADO is a whirlwind of action. At least three things are happening on stage simultaneously all the time, and it’s not unusual for everyone to be talking at once. The show moves from scene to scene in a split second. Actors who were Brazilian prisoners a moment ago are now American tourists or representatives of the DuPont Corporation. The play is about the mean things people do to each other, sometimes from the best of motives. It is set in Brazil seen through the eyes of four newcasters, and in the bedroom of an American couple involved in kinky sex … The humor in BRAZIL FADO comes partially in the way playwright Megan Terry plays with our stereotypes of Brazil … While the real and imaginary Brazil are being explored in the action at the front of the stage, the rear of the stage gives us a look at American bedroom sports … an often hilarious take-off on bizarre sexual variations … BRAZIL FADO explores another possibility of theater, and does what it does very, very well. It is like nothing I’ve ever seen on stage before.” —Anne Hillerman, The New Mexican

About the Author


  • Jo Ann Schmidman

    Jo Ann Schmidman is a playwright and founder and artistic director The Magic Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska. She is the author, with Megan Terry, of many plays, including GOONA GOONA.

  • Megan Terry

    Megan Terry's plays include BREAKFAST SERIAL, CALM DOWN MOTHER, KEEP TIGHTLY CLOSED IN A COOL DRY PLACE, HOTHOUSE, EX-MISS COPPER QUEEN ON A SET OF PILLS, THE PEOPLE VS RANCHMAN, GOONA GOONA, MOLLIE BAILEY'S TRAVELING FAMILY CIRCUS: FEATURING SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF MOTHER JONES, PRO GAME, BODY LEAKS, SOUND FIELDS, and OBJECTIVE LOVE. She published over forty-five plays. Most have been translated and produced worldwide. She won a number of major writing awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Obie Award for APPROACHING SIMONE. She was elected to lifetime membership by the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, installation at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, in recognition of: "Distinguished service to the profession by an individual of acknowledged national stature." In 1992 she was named Nebraska Artist of the Year. Ms Terry was a photographer and co-editor of Right Brain Vacation Photos, New Plays and Production Photographs 1972 – 1992. Ms Terry had a degree from the University of Washington, certificates in acting, directing, and design from the Banff School of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada, and was awarded the Yale-ABC Fellowship: Writing for the Camera at Yale University. She had a long association with the Omaha Magic Theatre, in Omaha, Nebraska, as playwright in residence, photographer, performer, and musician. She died on April 12, 2023 in Omaha. She was 90.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 6/24/2016
Pages 54
ISBN 9780881456486

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Special Notes

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Brazil Fado is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC