By Leila Monteiro Lins

Popular Brazilian director Enrique Diaz is coming to Toronto this February with Cine Monstro

Popular Brazilian actor/director Enrique Diaz is coming to Toronto this February with Cine Monstro, his Portuguese translation of Monster by Canadian playwright, Daniel MacIvor. The show is part of the first ever Progress, a festival featuring multiple international works all being featured in Toronto February 4-15, 2015. All Progress performances take place at The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St W), host venue of the festival.

Monster is an incredibly successful play that’s toured North America, Europe, Israel and Australia. This marks its North American premiere as a Portuguese translation.

The show is performed in Portuguese with English subtitles. Progress’ artistic producer Michael Rubenfeld is available for interviews, as well as the shows local producer, Ravi Jain, Artistic Director of Why Not Theatre, and Associate Producer, Newton Moraes (Portuguese speaker) from Newton Moraes Dance Theatre.

Brazilian actor and director Enrique Diaz performs in a critically acclaimed adaptation of Daniel MacIvor’s Monster. Presenting this classic Canadian play in Portuguese introduces it to a new community in Toronto.

Diaz transforms himself into a series of MacIvor’s characters, from a young boy who tells the story of the neighbour who hacked up his father in the basement to quarreling lovers or a filmmaker who never completed his epic film. All the characters are eerily connected in this darkly spellbinding and internationally award winning production from one of Canada’s most beloved writers.

Cine Monstro is presented by Why Not Theatre in association with Progress and the Theatre Centre. It’s made possible through the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Cine Monstro (Brazil)

Curated and presented byWhy Not Theatre
Performed in Portuguese with English subtitles
Directed and performed by: Enrique Diaz
Written by: Daniel MacIvor
Translation: Barbara Duvivier and Enrique Diaz
February 12-14, 2014
Running time: 90 mins

About Progress
Progress is a new international festival of performance and ideas produced by the SummerWorks Performance Festival in partnership with The Theatre Centre. Progress offers world class performance at accessible prices. In curatorial collaboration with Toronto’s leading performance-based companies, Progress presents global dialogues driven by local voices. The inaugural Progress is curated by SummerWorks, The Theatre Centre, Why Not Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Videofag, FADO Performance Art Centre, Dancemakers, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre.

About Why Not Theatre
Why Not Theatre is a critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning, Toronto-based theatre company with an international scope. Over the last seven years, they have developed over 14 productions, touring to 15 different cities on four continents. In recent years, the company has become known for its presentation of international productions and workshops from diverse cultures, languages and artistic practices, along with support for the development of local emerging artists and companies.

About SummerWorks
SummerWorks is Canada’s largest curated performance festival. Widely recognized as one of the most important agencies for enabling new Canadian artists in the country, SummerWorks annually features over 60 performance projects during its 11-day Festival in August. In 2015, SummerWorks celebrates its 25th Anniversary and also inaugurates Progress, an international festival of performance and ideas.
About The Theatre Centre

The Theatre Centre is a nationally recognized live-arts incubator that serves as a research and development hub for the cultural sector. We provide artists with infrastructure and resources to make their art – from idea to production. The Theatre Centre is committed to new work and new ways of working. We are a public space, open and accessible to the people of our community, where citizens can imagine, debate, celebrate, protest, unite and be responsible for inventing the future.


Newton Moraes Dance Theatre is celebrating its 16th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of “Brazil, the Land of Tears and Soul & “Mulher em Branco” at the Winchester Theatre, February 04 to 07 2015 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $25 Adults $20 Students and seniors.

In the course of a full-evening choreography, the audience will experience the diversity and complexity of contemporary Brazilian culture. “Finally, Brazil’s time has come,” says choreographer and company founder, Newton Moraes. “For years, Brazil felt passed over and ignored. But now, the country is alive and awake and we Brazilians are feeling the responsibility of decision-making and power.”

Newton is also collaborating with visual artist Solange Escosteguy Cardoso, lighting designer Gabriel Cropley & photographer Cylla von Tiedemann.

Newton Moraes Dance Theatre performers are: Gabriela Parsons, Patrizia Ferlisi, Marco Placencio, Falciony Patino Cruz, Shakeil Rollock, Bokgabani Rakeepile, Megan Ashley Rakeepile, Julia Consertino, Matthew Cutt.

NMDT will be touring to Montreal, Saskatoon and several Brazilian cities in 2015.

Contact: Newton Moraes – Artistic Director & Choreographer /


Leila Monteiro Lins

Leila has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and marketing, including media relations, event planning and the development of communication strategies. In April 2010, LML launched Discover magazine in Canada.

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