About the play:
Aesop – genius of the
fable – gave the world thousands of truths to be converted into freedom.
Figueiredo gives us the greatest hymn to love and man’s freedom, based on
one of Aesop’s most famous fables.
From the director:
To direct “La
Zorra y las Uvas” has been an exceedingly pleasant and satisfying task for
me, because of the special interest I have in the text of this play, and my
admiration for its author, playwright Guilherme Figueiredo. Nevertheless, it
was clear to me that the task of directing wouldn’t be easy, because of the
complexity of the characters and the multiple layers of meaning found in the
play. Figueiredo’s neat and precise writing style has always caught my
attention. He moves with exquisite grace – between moments of biting humor
to complete irony; between superficiality and profound emotion.
One the central themes of the play, Liberty, so often
debated about and longed for, is approached differently here. In this
context, it is examined through a fragment of the life (or legend) of Aesop,
a Greek slave born in Frigia.
Another decisive factor in my committing to direct this
play is that the invitation came from Teatro de la Luna. Headed by the
tireless Mario Marcel and Nucky Walder, this theater has been recognized for
its artistic, professional and human capabilities.
About the author:
Figueiredo was born in 1915 in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was both a
writer and a journalist. He completed his studies in Brazil’s School of Law.
A journalist since 1932, Figueiredo later became a literary, theatrical, and
musical critic, contributing to the “Diarios Asociados”. He was President of
the Brazilian Association of Writers and Vice President of the Brazilian
Society of Theatrical Authors. He also taught Theater History at the
National Theater Conservatory. In 1959, he became President of the Brazilian
Theater Center of UNESCO. He received the Medal of Resistence and a degree
from Chavalier de l’ Ordre de Arts et Lettres in France. He was awarded
twice by the Brazilian Association of Theater Critics and he received the
Theater Award from the State of Guanabara. Since 1964, Figueiredo was
cultural attaché to the Brazilian Embassy in Paris. Guilherme Figueiredo is
a world-renown author whose name is recognized in such different and distant
countries as India, France, and the former Soviet Union.