EGO, by Carl Djerassi

April, 17th to 26th | Teatro da Cerca de São Bernardo, Coimbra

Friday and Saturdays, 21.30 | Sundays, 16.00

April 19th, Sunday, 18.00 | Post-show talk about the influence of the work and heteronyms of Fernando Pessoa in “Ego” | with António Apolinário Lourenço, José Luis Pio de Abreu and Mário Montenegro

April 26th, Sunday, 18.00 | Post-show talk about Carl Djerassi and his dramatic work that has been acted in Portugal | with Júlio Cardoso, Manuel João Monte and Mário Montenegro


June, 19 & 20 | Estaleiro Teatral of Aveiro

Friday and Saturday | 21.30


MARIONET returns to Teatro da Cerca de São Bernardo, in Coimbra, from April 17th to the 26th, with the premiere of its new theatre production, “EGO”.

This play from Carl Djerassi, adapted by him from his novel “Marx Deceased”, is about a famous writer, Stephen Marx, who fakes his own death in order to observe the critics and public reactions’, and was inspired by the heteronyms of Fernando Pessoa. It was this later fact that impelled the north-american scientist and writer to commission the production of the play to Marionet, due to his interest of having it performed in Portuguese and in Portugal. This will be the first time the play will be acted in this country, in the year – 2015 – when we celebrate the 100th year of the creation of the Orpheu Magazine, where Pessoa was one of the collaborators. The Portuguese translation of the play is from Mário Montenegro, the company’s director.


Stephen Marx, a famous writer, decides to forge his own death in order to read his obituaries, obsessed with knowing the real opinion of critics about himself and his work. Inspired by Fernando Pessoa and his heteronyms, he decides to create a new literary alter-ego to find out if he can reach success as an unknown writer, due to the value of his work.


Technical and artistic team

Text: Carl Djerassi;

Discussion and ideas: Filipe Eusébio; Joana Macias, Mafalda Oliveira, Marcelo dos Reis; Mário Montenegro, Pedro Andrade, Teresa Girão;

Translation and direction: Mário Montenegro;

Cast: Filipe Eusébio, Joana Macias, Mário Montenegro;

Scenic design, costumes, props and image: Pedro Andrade;

Sound: Marcelo dos Reis;

Lighting and technical direction: Mafalda Oliveira;

Scene photography: Francisca Moreira;

Hair styling: Carlos Gago – Ilídio Design;

Executive production: Teresa Girão.

Production: marionet 2015

The Portuguese production of Ego is funded by Dale Djerassi, Carl Djerassi’s heir


Age rating



AVEIRO - 234 386 524 /

marionet – 931 671 163 /


normal: 7,5 Euros

students, elders >65 , groups >=6: 5 Euros


Marionet is funded by: Câmara Municipal de Coimbra

Supporters: Fundação Bissaya Barreto; Ilidio Design Cabeleireiros; MAFIA – Federação Cultural de Coimbra; TCSB – Teatro da Cerca de São Bernardo

Advertising supporters: Rádio Universidade de Coimbra; Dolce Vita Coimbra

Acknowledgments: A Escola da Noite; António Apolinário Lourenço; Arq. Alberto Montoya; CITEC – Centro de Iniciação Teatral Esther de Carvalho; Condomínio Criativo de Coimbra; Cooperativa Agrícola do Távora CRL; Jorge Miguel Sousa; José Luis Pio Abreu; Júlio Cardoso; Manuel João Monte; Paulo Matos