The Deceased Woman

 Shows: Tuesday December 4th to Sunday December 16th, 2007 Playing in Rep, one show each night

At Latin Not So Latin Venue Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley St.)

Box Office and Info
416-703-2773 x.210 or email

The Deceased Woman by Brazilian playwright Nelson Rodrigues, directed by Venezuelan director Francisco Orta.

The Deceased Woman is a psychological dark comedy consisting of three intersecting stories. Zulmira, a working-class, middle aged woman, is dying of emphysema and wants to arrange for herself the grandest funeral her town has ever seen. Her clueless husband Tuninho, meanwhile, fantasizes about winning piles of money by betting on his favorite dark-horse "futebol" team. Mixed with this is the boys-clubby atmosphere of the town funeral home and oversexed swindlers who spend their days convincing patrons to spend vast sums on the dearly departed. 

Written in 1953, Nelson Rodrigues is considered the father of the contemporary theater in Brazil.

Featuring a multi cultural cast of established and emerging Toronto talent and infused with the Latin flair of Orta and these renowned playwrights, these tragi-comedies will expose Toronto audiences to Latin American Theatre and ignite a spark as only Latin culture can.

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Fabio Silva
Marika Schwandt
Douglas Elliot
Mark Korogodosky
Player 1 \ Clerk 1
Diomar Couto
Oromar \ Clerk 2
Mónica Alfonsín
Madam Crisálida \ Mother
Francisco Orta
Pimentel \ Father

Francisco has a long history with the arts with special focus in theatre, with studies in Venezuela, Spain and most recently, Canada. Since his arrival in Canada in Dec. 2005, has been actively working on establishing himself as an active theatre artist. The first year he decided to broad his acting knowledge by enrolling at The Toronto Film School where he focused his attention on acting for camera. In addition, he took classes at The Professional Actors Lab and flamenco classes with Esmeralda Enrique. At the same, in 2006, Francisco founded NewTeatro Theatre Company with the specific purpose of promoting Latin American theatre and opening a space for new talents. To date, he has directed and produced plays such as Divorcees, Evangelists, and Vegetarians, The Deceased Woman and The Adventures of Uncle Tiger and Aunt Rabbit, appearing in the latter two. In 2009 was the turn for the highly acclaimed The House of Bernarda of Bernarda Alba and in 2010 the modern piece Hamelin, 1st piece fully performed in Spanish with English Surtitles; project that was awarded by the Toronto Arts Council. Currently we are re-mastering Hamelin for 2011 with a totally new approach and partial cast. Francisco also appeared at the Hispanic Fest 2007 with his mime character Antonio

Francisco has collaborated with DramaWay, a theatre company that addresses the needs of challenged teens. He has held acting classes for children at the Spanish School Center in Etobicoke. In 2007 Francisco and his company were awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Association of Hispanic-Canadian Teachers (APH-C) for contributing to the promotion and enhancement of the Spanish language in the city.

Christopher Sawchyn
Choreographer and Musical Director

Christopher Sawchyn has been active in the industry for over twenty years. As an actor, singer, dancer & physical comedian he has performed both live and onscreen in Canada, the US & overseas.
As a teacher, he has been on the faculty of both the Toronto Film School since 2005 and the new acting program at Seneca College since its 2009 inception. Christopher’s been instrumental in creating structure for both programs. He has taught Acting, Movement, Clown, Improv & Stage Combat both to actors as well as animators. Christopher has introduced VIEWPOINTS to both curriculums with much success.

Additionally, he’s taught theatre arts for CanStage, DramaWay & the ISB in Brussels, Belgium. Christopher has taught workshops from Edmonton, AB. to Cornwall, ON. and was recently a teaching artist with Join the Dance Canada for several years. A founding member of Teatro Scaramouche,
Christopher has joined his fellow artists in bringing original productions and workshops to high school students in the GTA.

Mr. Sawchyn has been an associate artist for New Teatro since its inception and has enjoyed a few seasons with Mirador Productions as Director and Choreographer. Other choreography credits include the companies’ Rogue & Peasant and The Specials.

Currently, Christopher is directing/choreographing a musical comedy for the Toronto Fringe called A Depper Kind of Love (Kat & the MP3 productions) and, yes, it’s about Johnny Depp.