Mauro Rasi, one of Brazil’s most successful and prolific playwrights, died April 22 after battling lung cancer. He was 52.One of the creators of the comedic genre known as “besteirol,” which can be roughly translated into “theater of foolishness,” Rasi was also a producer, director and a columnist for the O Globo newspaper. Rasi wrote 16 plays and scripts for some of the most successful comedy shows on Brazilian television. He wrote he first play when he was just 13. One of Rasi’s best known plays was “A Dama do Cerrado” or “The Lady of the Savannas,” the story of a woman who decides to tell her hairdresser of her 20-year love affair with a powerful politician.