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I Am the Dead Man

Presented with Saudade Theatre

I Am The Dead Man: A Mozambican Fable

Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2

Saudade Theatre presents I Am the Dead Man: A Mozambican Fable, the first stage adaptation of acclaimed writer Mia Couto’s novel Under the Frangipani. Set in post-colonial Mozambique, we meet a police inspector who is brought in to investigate a strange murder inside of a former Portuguese fort where ivory and slaves were once sold. Inside he faces the dead, clashes with life, copes with ever shifting reality, and finds the truth nearly impossible to reveal. I Am the Dead Man is a whodunnit infused with magical realism that explores the spirit world and unpacks the intersection of old traditions and new knowledge. There is a message to the old colonial masters: “You will never rule this land.”

Running Time: 90 minutes with possible intermission


A limited number of $10 tickets are made available for all Noise Now events and are released at 10am ten days prior to each event. To purchase a $10 ticket, simply visit our website at 10am on the ticket release date and select the $10 ticket option. If $10 tickets are not visible online, then all available tickets have already been claimed.


For both performances of I Am the Dead Man, these tickets will be made available at 10:00am on Friday, May 22.


A limited number of complimentary tickets are held for all Noise Now events. Please contact Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Director of Cultural Programming, at to check availability for this event.

artists + cast


  • Creator, Saudade Theatre Founder & Co-Artistic Director: Filipe Valle Costa
  • Creator, Saudade Theatre Founder & Co-Artistic Director: Diogo Martins
  • Executive Producer, Saudade Theatre Executive Director: Vanessa Varela
  • Creator: Stephen Ruffin


  • TBD: TBD

Founded in 2014, Saudade Theatre is the first theatre company in the United States devoted to celebrating the Portuguese voice and experience. We develop original and thought-provoking work grounded in the Portuguese consciousness. / @saudadetheatre