Estelle Parsons created a sensation in New York as the title character, a teacher who runs her classroom with an iron fist, velvet glove not included! Banned, then censored in Brazil, the playwright's homeland, Miss Margarida's Way is a searing drama that looks deeply into the heart of power. Audiences and critics in over 50 countries have cheered this allegory about totalitarianism which uses as its' central metaphor a classroom. Miss Margarida teaches, teases and taunts her eighth grade class through mathematics, geography, history and her own private curriculum. Unbalanced by sexual frustrations she can only express in aggression focused on her students, Miss Margarida is an engaging monster; a dictator with the audience as her student body.
The first Brazilian production of the play had Marília Pêra as Miss Margarida.
"Savage, mad, funny and ultimately moving... [Miss Margarida] is a grotesque, deranged and somehow perfectly normal school teacher..." - The New York Times
"A tour de force for an actress... part tirade, part political allegory, part expressionist vaudeville show." - New York Daily News
This Brazilian play, Apareceu a Margarida, was premiered in Cordoba, Argentina in November 1972.
Its Brazilian premiere was on Sept. 5 1973 in Rio de Janeiro.
Its English language premiere was in Toronto ion 1976.
It's American premiere was in San Francisco, at ACT, in 1977.