Marina Zurita

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Artistic Discipline: Theater
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2023
Location: Clinton Hill

'Saudades' is a new play by Fernando Segall and directed by Marina Zurita about Laura (Ana Moioli), a young Brazilian-American woman who embarks on a self-discovery trip to Brazil, searching for her long-lost mother, Luiza (Julia Burnier). Representing nuanced and varied perspectives of Brazilian immigrants in the US, 'Saudades' brings this underrepresented community to the forefront and exposes some of its main emotional struggles – guilt, shame, discrimination, and nostalgia. 'Saudades' is an untranslatable Portuguese word which means 'the love that remains after someone or something is gone'. As Brazilian artists living in New York, we might not always feel proud of our home country, a nation full of controversy, corruption, violence and inequality. Still, as proven by this play, the profound melancholic longing we feel for it can only be described as 'saudades'.