Juan Bosch’s granddaughter, the actress María Isabel Bosch, has written a piece for theater based on three of her grandfather’s short stories, Tres relatos: A cien años de su nacimiento (Three Stories: A Hundred Years after His Birth), dramatizes three of his best known tales: “Dos pesos de agua,” “Los amos” and “El algarrobo.” The work, which debuted at the XI Festival Internacional de Teatro Hispano del Teatro de la Luna in Washington, D.C., in October 2008, is now opening in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the Tibai Theater. It has also been presented at the III Festival Internacional de Teatro y Danza de la Ciudad de la Plata, Argentina (2008); the VI Festival Internacional de Teatro de Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2009); the Casa de la Cultura de la Romana, Dominican Republic (2009); and at La Cuarta Theater, Dominican Republic (2009).
The actress had this to say about her work:
As a child, I often heard people say that I was the granddaughter of the madman. I really could not understand why people said that my grandfather was a madman. I didn’t quite grasp the definition of madness. I only knew that it was something that provoked laughter and mockery in others. “The madman’s granddaughter,” the words resonated over and over in my head. With time, I started to see how things really were, and I realized to my great happiness that the alienation imputed on my grandfather represented the highest level of wisdom my country had enjoyed.
The dramatization of the three intertwined stories speaks to the constant striggle of man against man, of man against his environment, and finally, of man’s inevitable defeat before nature.
For the original report, in Spanish, go to http://www.alternativateatral.com/obra14716-contando-a-mi-abuelo-juan-bosch