The Interview: Dutra Dives in to Out of Water: A Brazilian Pocket Musical
AUGUST 10TH – SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2019
AT TADA! THEATER
Interview conducted by Ross
The award-winning Brazilian musical Out of Water is coming to New York City following a critically acclaimed run in Brazil in 2018. Hailed as “A gem yet to be discovered” by Estadão Newspaper, Out of Water: A Brazilian Pocket Musical (meaning it runs 80 minutes with no intermission) will play 11-shows only between August 10 and September 1 at TADA! Theater (12 W. 28th Street).
With a book and lyrics by Vitor Rocha and music by Rocha and Ana Paula Villar, Out of Water won the Bibi Ferreira Award for Best New Playwright and the BroadwayWorld Regional Award for Best Original Book. The musical also received Aplauso Brazil nominations for Best Musical and Best Original Score and Lyrics, in addition to a Bibi Ferreira nomination for its original score.
Set in a very small city in the middle of nowhere in Brazil, Out of Water tells the tale of Kid (to be played by Eduardo Medaets), a young boy who no longer remembers his own name, and his new friend, Mr. Out of Water, as they embark on a journey to find the sea. Along the way, the two friends stumble upon various traditional Brazilian characters who guide them to overcome the biggest fears known to man, giving new meaning to their lives and their journey.
Out of Water features an all-Brazilian cast and creative team. Joining Medaets in the company are Pedro Coppeti, Helora Danna and Maite Zakia. Out of Water will be directed by Renata Soares and Ronny Dutra with music direction by Ana Paula Villar, and set design by Juliana Suaide. Out of Water was translated by Isa Bustamanti and adapted for the NY stage by Soares and Dutra.
Frontmezzjunkies had a little chat with Ronny Dutra about Out of Water and his co-direction and adaptation of the show for the NY Stage.
Ross: What was your first exposure to this piece?
Dutra: It was back in February 2019 when I was invited to co-direct the show. I did my research , read the script, watched a video of the show, spoke with the creators in Brazil, had a wonderful meeting with my partner Renata Soares and our producer Eduardo Medaets, and we decided we’d make the dream come true!
Ross: Tell me a bit about what it is like to bring all these “traditional Brazilian characters” to the NYC stage?
Out of Water will have a limited engagement of 11-shows, beginning Saturday August 10 at 8pm and continuing Saturdays (2pm and 8pm) and Sundays (3pm) through September 1 at TADA! Theater (15 West 28th Street). Tickets, priced $25-30, are available online at https://OutOfWaterMusical.eventbrite.com