Saturday, July 28, 2018
EVANGELICALS TRY AGAIN TO PREVENT THE PERFORMANCE OF QUEEN JESUS. ACTRESS AND AUDIENCE OCCUPY THE THEATRE
Evangelicals are still trying to prevent the performance of my "Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven" in Garanhuns.
Natalia Mallo, the director and translator describes what happened last night:
Everything was fine in the first performance. In the interval, there was an explosion and a lot of smoke.
A feeling of foreboding. After they'd let off smoke bombs in the space, an injunction arrived (requested by the Order of Evangelical Pastors), ordering another cancellation of the performance.
We decided not to obey it. Then the security guards the theatre festival had hired turned against us, and barred the entrance of the audience.
Renata Carvalhohad had enough. She screamed at the guards and called them cowards. There was no stopping her. They asked me to calm her down. I refused. Let them listen. I stayed calm, I gave my support.
Renata forcibly opened the doors and asked the audience outside to occupy the space. Which they did, shouting "Fascists!" at the guards.
We tore up the injunction, and while the guards were filling out incident forms we began the show.
They cut the sound. I sang the soundtrack.
They cut the lights. The show went on.
They tore down the awning that protected us from the rain. The show went on.
The audience stayed to the end, and they protected us.
And now, just when we thought it was all over, a new judicial decision has come out ordering the Festival to programme the show today (Saturday).
Who knows what will happen next...."
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