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Near to the Wild Heart

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New Stage Theatre Company offers the first ever North American stage adaptation of Clarice Lispector's celebrated debut novel, which offers a stream-of-consciousness portrayal of a woman’s inner life. More…

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New Stage Theatre's Ildiko Nemeth has adapted "Near to the Wild Heart" into a multimedia theater piece that evokes a rich, expansive female interior as it dramatizes the life and passions of the book's heroine, Joana. Wandering through the corridors of her mind, Joana sees her memories manifest alongside her imagistic, abstract thoughts. Dwelling amidst the poignancy of a lonely childhood and her own resistance to the concept of conventional marriage and happiness, she strives to embody a version of herself on her own terms.

The production, a many-layered project, gives voice to a distinctly feminine perspective that is at once poetic, mysterious and grounded in concrete moments and relationships that offer a sympathetic handle on Joana’s experience. It combines vivid projection design with music, lighting, and Lispector’s lyrical, sensual prose.


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December 11th, 2019
"A Multimedia Excavation of Lispector’s ‘Wild Heart’: Video projections help set the mood for an admirable adaptation of the Brazilian writer’s fragmented novel about a woman chafing against society’s restrictions."
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December 6th, 2019
"Dark, deep, mysterious and moving, 'Near to the Wild Heart' echoes the voice and valor of the award-winning 1943 novel by Jewish-Brazilian author Clarice Lispector."
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