José Mata and Marco Mendonça reconstruct a debate that took place in 1965, over the role of the black population in the history of the United States of America. On one side, Baldwin: a black, homosexual writer. On the other, a white man: Buckley, the chief ideologue of those who would become the United States’ most preeminent conservative figures in the second half of the 20th century. Opposing ideologies, very different performances, and a room on edge with the tense expectation of a duel.

This show is a reenactment – a format that shifts authorship, either to the dramaturgical plane (aesthetic/political) leading to the reconstruction of a given event, or to contextual options (the place, historical time, institutional circumstances, etc.) that shape its interaction with the audience.

directed by Jorge Andrade with the assistance of Maria Jorge featuring José Mata and Marco Mendonça costume design José Capela light design João Fonte stage photography José Caldeira production direction Pedro Jordão executive production Andreia Bento production and communication assistant Sofia Freitas


November 18 and 19, 2021 ‧ mala voadora (Porto)

December 13, 2021 ‧ Guarda Municipal Theater