Teatro Carlos Alberto

Noite de Estreia

based upon the film by John Cassavetes

adapted and directed by Martim Pedroso


Nova Companhia

Noite de Estreia


John Cassavetes鈥 film Opening Night [Noite de Estreia] (1977) brought the theatre to the cinema. By bringing it back to the stage, Martim Pedroso offers us 鈥渁 stage show about a film about a stage show鈥. The heart of this mise-en-abyme beats in the solitary, against-the-grain career of Myrtle Gordon, the actress who plays the role of Virginia in the play-within-a-play The Second Woman. Myrtle does not recognise herself in the conventions of masculinity and femininity propagated by the play鈥檚 text. Her discomfort with the role boils over when she witnesses the death of a female fan, spiralling a crisis that puts everything in question, starting with the play itself, which she intends to turn upside down. Martim Pedroso鈥檚 Noite de Estreia, in its game of mirrors between theatre and cinema, which hews close to Cassavetes and his acting 鈥渕ethod鈥, is a celebration of actors and of the theatre鈥檚 intimate ability to search for hope, as Myrtle asks to the director and to her playwright, something able to shatter all stereotypes. Ultimately, who is this second woman, who takes the stage by storm on the 鈥渘ight of all openings or the most delightful of all failures鈥?


based upon the film by John Cassavetes adapted and directed by Martim Pedroso

set design Jean-Guy Lecat costumes Jo茫o Telmo lighting design Jos茅 脕lvaro Correia original music and sound design Carlos Morgado video editing and direction Ruben do Valle executive production Ana Pinto

cast Dalila Carmo, Heitor Louren莽o, Jo茫o Ara煤jo, Jo茫o Reis, Margarida Bakker, Maria Jos茅 Paschoal, Marta F茅lix, Sabri Lucas

special video participation In锚s Santos Caramuchande, Isab茅l Zuaa, Madalena Brand茫o, Mauro Herm铆nio, Noah Santos Caramuchande

co-produced by Nova Companhia, Teatro da Trindade INATEL, Teatro Nacional S茫o Jo茫o

opening 22Apr2021 Teatro da Trindade INATEL (Lisboa)

playing time 1:50 Ages 12 and up