The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (BFA) presents the U.S. Stage premiere of a new adaptation of the international best seller The House of The Spirits by Isabel Allende, to run Sept. 26-Nov. 3 at the Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Ten performances have already been sold out, several weeks before opening. BFA has since added two performances to the run.
Margarita Galban, Artistic Director of BFA, collaborated with Linda Montalvo on the new adaptation, which Galban will direct. The duo have previously collaborated on BFA productions such as Juan Rulfo's Journey to Comala and Lope de Vega's Fuenteovejuna.
The story depicts the personal and political struggle of women in the Chilean family, when a young woman who is prisoner of military dictatorship, survives torture by seeking refuge in the memory of her deceased grandmother, the pillar of strength between the past and the future of the family.
Allende is renown for her creative retelling of events that swept Chile and other Latin American countries in the latter half of the 20th century. Her uncle , Socialist President Salvador Allende, was usurped and killed by a military coup in 1976. Her stories are dedicated in part to keeping the memory of her family and country alive. Whereas the movie version of the novel starred Meryl Streep, Carmen Zapata leads a full Hispanic cast, in a production which will alternate weekly in English and Spanish.
Tickets are $15, and are available by calling (213) 225-4044.
-- By Blair Glaser