Love, violence, grief, homophobia, and secrets collide on stage in a virtual sea of mud and blood when Brazilian theater company, Galharufa Produções, brings Canadian playwright Michel Marc Bouchard’s award-winning play, “Tom na Fazenda” (Tom at the Farm) to Fairfield’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on March 20 in its U.S. premiere.
The story is centered around Tom, who leaves a comfortable, urban life in Montreal to travel to a rural town and farm in Brazil to attend his lover’s funeral but finds instead a mother who was unaware of her son being gay, let alone who Tom was to her son. Tom also finds his lover’s brother knows everything and is not afraid to use violence to hide the truth from everyone else. Written at a time when Brazil reportedly had the highest LGBTQ+ murder rate in the world, this play is still timely, shocking and captivating. It will be performed in Portuguese with English subtitles. “‘Tom na Fazenda’ has Brasilidade and tropicalidade in his vein, marked in the miscegenated and hot meat of the actors, in the musicality of our Brazilian-Portuguese language, in our syncretic pagan corporeality and in the precariousness of our inventive ways,” said director Rodrigo Portella.