The journalist Ruy Castro entitled his emblematic biography on renown playwright Nelson Rodrigues O Anjo Pornográfico, or The Pornographic Angel, a nickname given to Rodrigues thanks to his highly controversial plays, which were often considered obscene or immoral.
Polemics aside, the writer revolutionised Brazil’s theatre scene, and today is deemed one of the greatest playwrights the country has ever known.
Rodrigues would have turned 100 this August, and all kinds of tributes are taking place throughout the city to celebrate. One homage that deserves special attention is that of Itaú Cultural, which is putting on ‘Ocupação Nelson Rodrigues’, a multimedia show inspired by the works and life of the author who, according to Castro, ‘was more tragic and improbable than any one of his stories, and as fascinating as all of them.’
Another high point of the event is the exhibition curated by Maria Lúcia Rodrigues, Nelson’s daughter, which uses the author’s own words to reveal a delicate and rare view of the dramatist’s life and his opinions on the choices he made.
The show also includes a dramatic reading of the play Elas Não Gostam de Apanhar, which will take place in the Auditório Ibirapuera, as well as a series of debates with theatre directors who have brought Rodrigues’s screenplays to the stage.
‘Ocupação Nelson Rodrigues’ is not to be missed – it provides a unique opportunity to take an intimate look at the legacy left by the artist, a complex personality who defined himself as ‘a boy who sees love through a keyhole.’