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date: 17 September 2019

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Gota d’água, by the music composer Chico Buarque and the author Paulo Pontes, is a famous Brazilian theatrical adaptation of Euripides’ Medea. Heron Coelho’s adaptation of Gota d’água, titled Gota d’águaBreviário,ran from 2005 to 2013. In this interview, Heron Coelho speaks about his work as director in his own adaptation of Gota d’água to the theater-in-the-round format, his ideas about adaptation, the presence of subaltern social classes on stage, and the Brazilian social and political context that keeps Medea relevant nowadays. Coelho’s adaptation criticizes and discusses contemporary problems in Brazilian society rekindling a debate that was largely silenced by the military dictatorship and also discusses his relationship with Brecht’s ideas about political engagement.

Keywords: Medea, Gota d'água, Gota d'água-Breviário, Euripides, Chico Buarque, Paulo Pontes, Heron Coelho, Brazilian theater, adaptation

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