Teatro Carlos Alberto

O Pecado de Jo√£o Agonia

by Bernardo Santareno

directed by Jo√£o Cardoso



O Pecado de Jo√£o Agonia


With O Pecado de Jo√£o Agonia [The Sin of Jo√£o Agonia], we continue the rescue operation of Bernardo Santareno‚Äôs words that began with our production of A Promessa [The Promise], in 2017. Thus, we do justice to the voice of one of the most important Portuguese dramatists of the 20th century, while refreshing the memory of a contemporary stage classic. The common denominator of both projects is stage director Jo√£o Cardoso, the artistic director of ASS√©DIO, a company alongside which we once again wander into the territory of a playwright who explored a ‚Äúpoetics of roots‚ÄĚ. O Pecado de Jo√£o Agonia (1961) is part of a group of plays in which Santareno asserted his opposition to a repressive system, exploring issues of a sexual (homosexuality) and religious (sin, sacrifice) nature. This call for a sort of ‚Äúdisobedience of dogmas‚ÄĚ is made within the confines of a tightly-knit community ‚Äď a ‚Äúcragged, primitive hamlet‚ÄĚ, Salazar‚Äôs retrograde Portugal, a country that still remains among us. A place where the ‚Äúwind burns‚ÄĚ and the sky fills with dark birds in the night of the crime. ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt go, Jo√£o Agonia! Run away, run away!‚ÄĚ


by Bernardo Santareno directed by Jo√£o Cardoso

dramaturgy Regina Guimar√£es set design and costumes Sissa Afonso lighting design Filipe Pinheiro sound design Francisco Leal fight design Miguel Andrade Gomes direction assistance Jo√£o Castro

cast √āngela Marques, Benedita Pereira, Daniel Silva, In√™s Afonso Cardoso, Jo√£o Cardoso, Jo√£o Castro, Pedro Galiza, Pedro Quiroga Cardoso, Rub√©n P√©rola

co-produced by ASSéDIO, Teatro Nacional São João

playing time 1:40 Ages 12 and up


14 NOV Portuguese Sign Language + Post-show talk with Luis Mestre