Teatro Carlos Alberto

A Criada Zerlina

based upon Hermann Broch

directed by Jo√£o Botelho



A Criada Zerlina


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‚ÄúYou can‚Äôt make good theatre without a few beautiful things‚ÄĚ, Jo√£o Botelho tells us; hence, we are not surprised by his decision to bring to the stage what Hannah Arendt has described as ‚ÄúGerman literature‚Äôs most beautiful love story‚ÄĚ. By this we mean, of course, A Criada Zerlina [Zerline‚Äôs Tale], the story that Austrian writer Hermann Broch included in his novel T__he Guiltless, originally published in 1950. Zerline is an old servant who retrospectively reveals a tale of passion involving herself, her employer and her lover. A story shot through with sexual and class resentment, primal eroticism and ethical obsession, in which the status of Broch‚Äôs creation unfolds: servant, lover, tutor, and spy, as well as an instigator of insanity, jealousy and vengeance. This intense monologue becomes ‚Äútrue‚ÄĚ in the voice of Lu√≠sa Cruz, whose performance won her a Globo de Ouro award in 2019. ‚ÄúA beautiful, amazing actress‚ÄĚ, according to Jo√£o Botelho, a film director who has finally decided to tackle the theatre, that place of shadows and intimacies, transfixed here by a ray of light that cuts through ‚Äúthat obscurity where the revelation and triumph of the text must take place‚ÄĚ.


based upon Hermann Broch version by Ant√≥nio S. Ribeiro with the collaboration of Jos√© Ribeiro da Fonte based upon the translation by Suzana Mu√Īoz

directed by Jo√£o Botelho

set design and costume Pedro Cabrita Reis lighting design Nuno Meira sound design Sérgio Milhano/Pontozurca

executive production Nuno Pratas

cast Luísa Cruz

co-produced by Culturproject, Centro Cultural de Belém

opening Feb2019 Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon) playing time 1:30 Ages 12 and up

Post-show talk 20 mar