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Re-Emerging Voices: Bother Line & Ideal Obituary
The Tank @ 36th Street
New York, NY
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Re-Emerging Voices: Bother Line & Ideal Obituary
Join us for a special American debut by two Brazilian playwrights/performers Rodrigo Nogueira for his play The Ideal Obituary and Bother Line performed by Gio Mielle and directed by Debora Balardini. With this premiere pass you can attend both productions for one price- how exciting! Brown Paper tickets will send you more information on how your pass works and details on how to sign up for the date(s) you would like to see the productions.  

The Ideal Obituary:
In The Ideal Obituary a woman is emotionally numb due to a severe depression. Her husband comes up with a plan to bring back her feelings; he takes her to funerals to make her cry. The Ideal Obituary is a dark comedy that pushes the audience to their limit of tolerance of when something stops being funny, and becomes unbearably serious.

The cast will feature Liliana de Castro (2017 International Emmy Award nominated Best Drama Series, Psi on HBO Latin America) and Kevin Loreque (Steven Spielberg's The Post) with Costume and Set Design by Anderson Thives (internationally renowned collage artist and Brazilian set designer), Lighting Design by Kia Rogers (NYIT Award Winner for Jane The Plain with Flux Theatre Ensemble), Assistant Director Valeri Mudek, Graphic design by Kyle Glasow, Stage Management by Marina Montesanti and Production Management by Monica Vilella and Miguel de Oliveira (MoMi Films),

Rodrigo Nogueira (Writer/Director) is a Brazilian playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and director. Rodrigo has had fifteen straight plays and four musicals produced in Brazil. He received both Shell and APTR awards (the two most important in Brazil) as best writer. Brazil's most important theater critic Barbara Heliodora considered his work "a milestone in Brazilian playwriting."

In television he was part of the writing team of the Brazilian version of Ugly Betty. In film, his credits include the Brazilian romantic comedy Women Overboard (among the top 10 box office movies in 2015). Recently, he moved to New York where he has been working on the screenplays The Movie of Your Life, I love my cancer and the play The Ideal Obituary. He is also writing a junior musical licensed by the Gershwin Estate. www.thisisrodrigo.com

Bother Line:
"Are you morally so old-fashioned as to regard female vanity as frivolous?"

This is how Helen Palmer questions her readers about the importance of keeping vanity up to date. Helen is the pseudonym of Clarice Lispector, a Ukrainian writer naturalized Brazilian who used her column in several newspapers to give beauty and femininity tips to women all around the country. The issues raised by Clarice at the time come against the annoyances of Gio Mielle, a Brazilian actress based in NY since 2015.

It is 2018 and feminism, a subject in constant evidence, still leads Gios imaginary to an obsessive interest about her universe as a woman. She finds herself bothered with issues that do not match with her own idea of a woman's place in the world today. Why, despite struggling to make every women know her power and her uniqueness, I still look in the mirror and find myself bothered by a new line that appears on my face?

Perhaps Aphrodite, Goddess of love and beauty, was responsible for creating the first frame of femininity. The figure of a woman coming out of her shell, hair traversing the body, an image full of sensuality and mystery. The goddess who is far from being human, but who finds in the common people the mirror of desperation of who wants to be like her. Is it human to seek perfection? Is human the search for the ideal body, the angelic face, the smooth skin? The humanity of imperfect human-being leads to a kind of inhumanization when it gets to the constant attempt to perfect itself. Human-perfect-inhuman, should that be the goal in a womens life?

What to do with the bombardment of images, products, advertisements that crosses us daily trying to make us need more to be the woman they require me to be - and that we often still try to be. The lines bother, the routines of beauty are still part of the day to day and the discomfort is constant when most women think about what others see on them. Who are these women who live a plastic life, who exaggerate in beauty products, who do all sorts of procedure in the desperation of being as perfect as the model of the magazine. And how much do I have of them? Lines, they bother.

Gio presents a show that touches these subjects sometimes in a personal way, others in a critical, ironic and reflexive way, always bringing to the scene the physical theater that is characteristic of her work as an actress. The text is based on the articles by Helen Palmer - Clarice Lispector - printed in the columns and feminine supplements of the Brazilian press during the 50s and 60s.

From hypocrisy to exposure, this is the result of Gio Mielles own discomfort with the lines that make her the woman she is today.


Nettles Artists Collective is a NYC-based artists collective run by two Latinas, Debora Balardini and Sandie Luna. We imbue the American art scene with authentic, global voices and multidisciplinary collaborations by providing a platform for the performing and visual arts. As visual and performance artists moving and creating together, Nettles has been devising original works using physical theater and visual arts for the past twelve years forging leadership and amplification of inclusion in the arts.


Gio Mielle

Gio Mielle is an actress, theatre producer and a collaborator at Nettles Artists Collective. In 2003, she won an award for best actress for her role in The Cannibal which set her off to hold many other roles around her native Brazil. She also performed at Galpão Cine Horto: Arriscamundo, Midsummer Night's Dream and Rehearsing Lies. In New York, Gio was part of Sorry Robot, a Mike Iveson's project for Elevator Repair Service, she performed at the Nettles Artists' The Dark Side of the Woods and at the Sister Sylvester's The Maids' The Maids. Her latest work was at the critic choice Doomocracy, which gave her a nomination to the International Brazilian Press Award 2017.

Debora Balardini

Debora is one of the co-founders and co-Artistic Directors of Nettles Artists Collective, which has received multiple nominations for original work such as Apple of My Eye (Menina dos Meus Olhos), the first professionally produced original piece written and performed by an artist with Down syndrome. Debora has directed various solo and ensemble pieces including Meu Vazio é o Movimento written by Alan Rosa, Inside.Not Looking Out.- A Movement Piece with Nettles Artists Collective, The Serpent and Infinite While It Lasts with Group .BR., NY's only Brazilian theater company, for which she is one of the Co-Founders and Executive Director. She is the co-founder of PUNTO Space, a venue for events, art happenings and performances that serves as a creative home and place for artistic community to collaborate, explore and thrive. Debora is a member and supporter of Actors Fund, Yoga Alliance, Americans for the Arts, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Brazilian Endowment for the Arts, the League of Professional Theater Women and she was a Brazilian International Press Award 2017 Best Actress nominee for Inside the Wild Heart, which she co-created, co-produced and performed in. Debora is also a 2017 SheROCKS Art Innovators of the Year Award honoree. She can be seen in IR TV, Industry Rules, The Miami Herald, The Story Exchange, Cheapism, Trendy Trippin', Mushaka's Motivational Monday/Huffington Post blog, HowlRound Online Journal, On Deck with Lucy and Business News Daily.


The Tank @ 36th Street (View)
312 West 36th Street 1st Floor
New York, NY 10018
United States



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