“This is the kind of tale that would live on in the minds of locals, a defining act of bloodletting that makes us confront the fate that outsiders too often find in communities that fearfully maintain conformity.” - New Haven Review
In the drylands of northeast Brazil, a kingdom of sand and thirst, Maria and Etevaldo fall in love across a fence. After living together as husband and wife for 22 years, the sanctity of their union gets invaded by the gossip and gibes of a conservative community. Four storytellers breathe life into this tale of love and loss, desire and death, ignorance and illumination. Based on real events, Newton Moreno’s stunning narrative shows that love can bloom even in the harshest climate.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT - Newton Moreno was born in Recife, Brazil, and holds a Performing Arts bachelor's degree from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp), and both Master and Doctoral degrees from Universidade de São Paulo (USP). He taught at ELT (Escola Livre de Teatro de Santo André) and at São Paulo School of Drama (SP Escola de Teatro), chairing their Playwriting programs. He participated as an actor and director in several plays, and in 2001 he staged his first text, Deus sabia de tudo e.../God knew all about it and.... Since then he has written many other plays, including Agreste/Drylands, which won several awards in 2004, including the APCA and the Shell Award, the two most important awards in Brazil. Agreste was also performed in London, Mexico City and Buenos Aires. His most recent play, Sueño, is currently playing in São Paulo, Brasil.