Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Dr. Raimondo Genna

Second Advisor

Dr. Joseph Stollenwerk

Third Advisor

Dr. Timothy Schorn


Play, Inconfidentes, Tiradentes, Brazil, Inconfidencia Mineira


Within this creative thesis is the new play written by Isaac Otterman, The Inconfidêntes, and the process that went into the creation of the work as well as the artist’s intent with the new work. The interest for this work came from my research into Brazilian histories and lack of knowledge that Americans have about other cultures’ histories. The Inconfidêntes is a play inspired by the Inconfidência Mineira, a failed revolutionary attempt to overthrow the Portuguese rule over Brazil in Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1789. Following the famed martyr Joaquim José da Silva Xavier known as Tiradentes, the play explores his journey into the corrupt world of Brazilian and Portuguese politics while introducing the audience to new and relevant histories. The play is meant to elicit an urge within audiences to go and better the world that they live in, as well as encourage thoughtful discussion as to how to better our society. “A bird, somewhere, singing about what it means to be free. It was a beautiful song and a song I could never sing.” – Tiradentes Act II, Scene I.



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