Catarina and the Beauty of Killing Fascists,
by Portuguese Director Tiago Rodrigues

Montreal, November 20, 2023 — From May 26 to 28, 2024, the 18th edition of Festival TransAmériques will host the North American premiere of an exceptional show by Portuguese director Tiago Rodrigues. After winning over European audiences in 11 countries, the strikingly powerful Catarina and the Beauty of Killing Fascists will be presented at Place des Arts’ Théâtre Jean-Duceppe for three performances only.




In this extraordinary play, Rodrigues, who just pulled off a hugely successful season as the first ever non-French artistic director of Festival d’Avignon, plunges his audiences into an unsettling political fable, with eight superb actors portraying a family that kills fascists as payback for the dictatorship. Each year, a member of the Catarina clan kidnaps a fascist, who is then murdered on the appointed day of the ritual. The youngest member of the family, however, starts to doubt herself just before she carries out this fundamental rite of passage. Is it really necessary to violate the rules of democracy in order to defend it?

Through the power of drama, Rodrigues delivers a remarkable theatrical experience, using the poetry and vigour of language to grapple with searing moral dilemmas. Following his previous visits to Montreal with the unforgettable By Heart (presented at FTA 2015) and the sublime two-hander Antony and Cleopatra (FTA 2017), Rodrigues returns to the Festival for a third time with this monumental show about the clash of ideologies and worldviews. 

Tickets on sale now!

Special offer:  2 tickets for $120*
* Promotion available for a limited number of tickets only.

Catarina and the Beauty of Killing Fascists

May 26 to 28, 2024 at 7 p.m.
Place des Arts – Théâtre Jean-Duceppe

Length: 2 h 30
In Portuguese with English and French surtitles

Presented by La Presse in association with Place des Arts


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