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Saudade Theatre, the first and only Portuguese theater company in the United States, presents the world premiere of My Favorite Suicide, written and directed by acclaimed Portuguese playwright Mickaël de Oliveira, in a coproduction with Lisbon-based theater company Colectivo 84. My Favorite Suicide is an apocalyptic play that pits society and nature against each other. One extreme situation is debated in the context of another, even more extreme circumstance.

On the verge of apocalypse, four friends grapple with the strangest of all human acts. What deaths do we give ourselves, and what countless tales do we tell about them? The highly acclaimed Portuguese playwright blends classical philosophy and contemporary cynicism, placing importance on social and political analysis, while also experimenting with form. My Favorite Suicide was translated by dramaturg Maria Inês Marques for this world premiere production.

The ensemble includes Saudade Theatre Founder and Co-Artistic Director Filipe Valle Costa (Snowfall, FX; Chicago Med, NBC), Co-Artistic Director Diogo Martins (José Saramago’s Skylight), Liliana de Castro (Psi, HBO) and Joy Brunson (This Is Us, NBC; Snowfall, FX).

Saudade Theatre is committed to telling stories that affect social change. My Favorite Suicide inspires dialogue about a heart-wrenching subject, and the company has partnered with the Pasadena Mental Health Advisory Committee to invite local nonprofit organizations to be present at each performance.

Culture Spot LA readers can snag tickets to the show this weekend. Email editor@culturespotla.com with “My Favorite Suicide” in the subject line. Please indicate which show you would like to attend:

Saturday, Oct. 26 – 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26 – 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 27 – 7:30 p.m.

Performances of My Favorite Suicide will run through Sunday, Nov. 3at 905 Cole Theatre at Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop in Hollywood. Recommended for 16 years and older. For more information and tickets, visit https://www.saudadetheatre.org/my-favorite-suicide.