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Beldemonio script

Identifier: MC -226

Scope and Contents

Script is handwritten in Portuguese, with each act being its own volume.


  • 1912-03-03

Biographical / Historical

The original script titled Beldemonio was written by Quirino de Souza, a Portuguese-American playwright, journalist and editor, who lived in New Bedford. The play debut on April 24, 1919 at the Orpheum Theater (New Bedford) by the Centro Dramatico Zig Zag. The play was described as a “drama phantastico evolucinonista em 3 actos” in the newspaper advertisements. The play, a love story, takes place in the 1800s (exact year left vague by the playwright) in Spain, during the reign of El-Rei Fernando VII.

The debut cast consisted of:

Beldemonio, Conde Kroposcki: Quirino de Souza Demonio Verde, Marquez de Guadalquivir: Antonio S. Pina Mister Jackson, sport inglez: Antonio J. Sousa Capitão Marcial: Antonio N. Violante Tio Germano, taberneiro: Armando Victoria O Pirata: Antonio Miranda

Thiefs Fio de Seda: Luiz Moniz Quebra Nozes: Jose Pimentel Suspiro: Antonio Gonçalves O Barão de: Jose Pimentel O Conde de: Antonio Gonçalves O visconde de: Luiz Moniz D. Pedro Gonzalez: Henrique Matos Um carcereiro: Armando Victoria Um creado: Manuel B. Garcia Martha, louca, mãe de Olga: Maria Garcia Olga, filha de Beldemonio: Maria Marote Maqueza de Guadalquivir: Maria Garcia

Chorus: Maria Marote, Ana Vieira, Herminia Laurentte, Adelaide Laurentte

Rehersal director: Quirino Souza Call individual: Luiz B. Lopez Props: Jose Batista Prompter: Raul Pereira

The play would be staged by the Centro Dramatico Zig Zag subsequently on: • October 28, 1919 • October 1923 (directed by Antonio de Sousa) • January 1925 at the Teatro Comique (north end of New Bedford) • April 20, 1925 at the Teatro Academy sponsored by the Club Republicano Afonso Costa • May 14, 1925 at the New Bedford Theatre in honor of the Sociedade Progresso • July 4, 1925 at the New Bedford Theatre


.25 Linear Feet (1 small storage box )

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in 2018

Beldemonio script
Sonia Pacheco
April 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the UMass Dartmouth Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives Repository

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA