Miss Margarida's Way

by  Roberto Athayde

Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  1m, 1f

"Savage, mad, funny and ultimately moving [...] [Miss Margarida] is a grotesque, deranged and somehow perfectly normal school teacher [...]" - The New York Times


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Miss Margarida's Way

by  Roberto Athayde

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Brazil's Molière Prize Best Play
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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 fifty countries have cheered this allegory about totalitarianism that uses a classroom as its central metaphor. 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 toward her students, Miss Margarida is an engaging monster; a dictator with the audience as her student body.

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Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    A classroom comprising the entire theater, as the audience plays the students.

  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive

Casting

1m, 1f
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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Plus 1 male extra. The male is a mute character.

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Authors

Roberto Athayde

Roberto Athayde

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 Janeir at the Teatro Ipanema.

The first Brazilian production of the play had Marília Pêra as Miss Margarida.

Its English-language premiere was in Toronto in 1976.

It's American premiere was in San Francisco, at ACT, in 1977.

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