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Magic realism on stage

interior-spiritsThis report was broadcast on BBC World Service radio’s arts programme, The Strand, in March 2009.

“We turn now to an ambitious new production of Isabel Allende’s novel The House Of The Spirits. It’s being performed by Repertorio Espanol, a theatre company in New York which produces Spanish-language works with simultaneous translation. Allende’s book is an epic family saga, across three generations, full of ghosts and wonderment – a classic example of a genre, magic realism, that is notoriously difficult to stage. We sent our reporter Andrew Purcell to find out how they’re bringing the spirit world to life.”

The play was adapted by Caridad Svich and directed by Jose Zayas. Photographs by Michael Palma.

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