Teatro S茫o Jo茫o

Pais & Filhos

based upon the novel by Ivan Turgu茅niev

text and direction Pedro Penim


Teatro Praga

Pais & Filhos


A personal story lies at the root of this production: Pedro Penim is going to become a father through the controversial process of surrogate pregnancy. Pais & Filhos represents the 鈥渧ortex鈥 in which this actor and stage director now finds himself, as he continues to develop a body of work that hovers between biographic document and the creation of a fictional universe. The show combines a celebrated Russian novel with the cutting edge of contemporary social debate concerning a subject that has been revived by Queer revolutionary activism: the abolition of the family. Using Ivan Turgenev鈥檚 Fathers and Sons (1862) as his starting-point, Pedro Penim lets himself be influenced by the Queer Marxist theories of such authors as Sophie Lewis, Jules Joanne Gleeson or Alyson Escalante, who rethink parenthood and childcare beyond the sphere of the biological family, championing concepts like 鈥渇ull gestational surrogacy鈥 or the 鈥渁bolition of gender鈥. With this project, the Teatro Praga company attempts to enrich the debate on parentage and family, expanding Pais & Filhos beyond a simple personal story.


based upon the novel by Ivan Turgu茅niev text and direction Pedro Penim

set design Joana Sousa costumes Joana Barrios video Jorge J谩come lighting design Daniel Worm d`Assump莽茫o sound design Miguel Lucas Mendes direction assistance Bernardo de Lacerda choreography support Luiz Antunes doll concept Ant贸nio Vieira (Imagina莽玫es Reborn)

general production Daniela Ribeiro executive production
Alexandra Bai茫o

cast Ana Tang, Bernardo de Lacerda, David Costa, Diogo Bento, Hugo van der Ding, Joana Barrios, Joa虄o Abreu, Pedro Penim, Rita Blanco

co-produced by
Teatro Praga, S****茫o Luiz Teatro Municipal, Teatro Nacional S茫o Jo茫o

opening 15Sep2021 S茫o Luiz Teatro Municipal (Lisboa)

Ages 16 and up

18 FEB Post-show talk with Luis Mestre