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Spanish Majors Produce Third Live Audio Description Script for Classic Play

Posted in: Center for Community Engagement

It’s been a Golden Globe winning movie and TV show. And now thanks to eight students from Associate Professor Dr. María José García Vizcaíno’s Audio Description course, a recent adaptation by Cuban theater director Leyma López of the play Filomena Marturano: Un Matrimonio a la Caribeña, by one of Italy’s greatest dramatists, Eduardo De Filippo, was also fully enjoyed by members of the visually impaired Hispanic community. It took place on Saturday, April 30 at Repertorio Español, in NYC.

Through audio description, the audience members listen through an earphone and special receiver to a narration that describes the relevant visual elements of the performance without intruding on the dialogue of the performers.

One of the unique moments of this event was the pre-show experience or tactile experience that took place before the play. In this pre-show experience, those with visual impairments were able to touch a miniature stage and key objects of the performance to give them a holistic experience of the artistic and literary component of the play.

“This was a truly rewarding experience for the students and audience alike on so many different levels: academic, professional and personal. This is the third time we’ve audio described a play and we are looking forward to organizing more,” noted Dr. García Vizcaíno.

Enjoy some of the highlights of the event here: AD Repertorio Esp. April 30 – 2022