Gisela Arantes' The Castaway, The Image of the Blue (Naufrago, A Imagem do Azul), a stage adaptation of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez book Relatos de um Naufrago, will represent the Brazilian drama from May 22 to September 30 at the EXPO 98 in Lisbon, Portugal.
With an estimate of more than 15 million visitors, the EXPO 98 will reunite 150 countries in the most gigantic cultural event of the world. Presenting diverse attractions such as dance, music, theatre, art exhibitions and fairs, the event which has been called "The Last World Exposition of this Century" will have oceans as its main theme.
The preservation of the oceans, the rescue of its history and the technology created by men to explore them, are among others, the subject for debates and discussions that were already scheduled for the event.
Inspired by the book by Colombian Nobel Prize writer Garcia Marquez, The Castaway, The Image of the Blue tells the story of Luiz Alejandro Velasco, a seaman who, after a shipwreck which happened in dangerous Latin Americans waters, remains ten days adrift along the Colombian coast inside a lifeboat. It will be directed by Mauricio Castro and stars the author Gisela Arantes as the seaman Velasco.
"The seaman´s battle for survival is full of symbols which picture everyone's daily life," explains Arantes. "And the fact that the story has happened at sea makes the script really universal." According to Gisela Arantes, the play which ran at The British Cultural Theatre (Teatro Cultura Inglesa) in Sao Paulo in 1996, will be on the Brazilian stage again, after the presentation at EXPO 98 in Lisbon.
For questions and information about The Castaway check the follow address: http://www.uol.com.br/naufrago.
--By Nertutila Achao