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Cuba-Portugal co-production based on Saramago novel
A Cuban-Portuguese play based on a novel by Nobel Laureate for literature Jose Saramago has proven a big hit among audiences and critics.

The Stone Raft, a co-production between Cuba's Teatro D Dos theater group and Lendas de Encantar of Portugal, opened at the Pax Julia Municipal Theater with Miguel Armalo, vice president of the local government and Cuban Ambassador to Portugal Jorge Castro Benitez in the audience.

The play is inspired by Saramago's novel The Stone Raft first published in Portuguese in 1986. In the play, Saramago imagines what would happen if the Iberian Peninsula became detached from the European continent.

Directed by Julio Cesar Ramirez Ojito, the director of the Cuban Teatro D Dos troupe, the play has five actors, three from Cuba and two from Portugal. It remains on stage for the next two weeks.

Both O Primero de Janeiro and Correio de Manha newspapers have run positive reviews on the play. In one, Ramirez said that putting it together was one of the greatest challenges he has faced in recent times.

Source: Radio Habana Cuba

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