Two Portuguese-American Plays: Amarelo & Through a Portagee Gate available in Paperback
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Two Portuguese-American Plays, comprised of Through a Portagee Gate, adapted by Patricia A. Thomas from the Charles Reis Felix memoir of the same name, and Amarelo, by Paulo A. Pereira, dramatize immigrant experience in the mill town of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Each play begins or ends there, along with visits to Escamil, California, or the tiny village of Covoada, on the island of Sao Miguel, Azores. Employing contrasting dramatic techniques, both works portray unforgettable protagonists, at once charming and idiosyncratic. In Through a Portagee Gate, the Radio Ensemble and the WNBH studio in downtown New Bedford broadcasts commercials and news stories, taking us on a journey through the twentieth century; in Amarelo, "Man" poses as the explorer Goncalo Velho, and others, as he propels the story forward through time. These plays are alive with humor, wit and sincerity drawn from the human experience. Through a Portagee Gate, the play, was commissioned by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Both plays were sponsored for regional performances by the Center and produced by Culture*Park Theatre of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
About the Author
PATRICIA A. THOMAS is a theater director, teacher, writer and producer who began her career in theater in the 1980s as a company member at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. She has worked internationally as a theater director and teacher. In Boston, she wrote and adapted plays with young people, including Love & Mosquitoes, at The Teather Offensive, and Island of the Beholder, at the Boston Center for the Arts. Thomas is co-funder and Artistic Director of Culture*Park Theatre and Performing Arts Collaborative in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where she now resides. PAULO A. PEREIRA was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He earned a degree in Theater Arts and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, he was involved in numerous productions as an actor, director, producer, and playwright. Amarelo, his first full-length play, opened in New York City in 1998. More recently, Amarelo was performed at UMass Dartmouth, produced by Culture*Park and sponsored by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. He resides in Merrimack, New Hampshire, with his wife Leah and their children.
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“Both plays dramatize the epic nature of immigrant assimilation with such heart and humor that, while the specific textures of New Bedford anchor these plays as capsules of a cultural moment, the dramatic action is universal to any audience with roots, namely, all of us. Pereira and Thomas excel at staging the uniquely American experience of negotiating one’s integrity when pulled by the paradoxes of immigrant identity. These are the types of plays that have tableaux that linger well after the curtain falls.”