Dreams of India
Past, Present, Future
This classic 1992 radio drama from ZBS productions tells the story of Jack Flanders, an American who travels to India at the urging of a mysterious sharp-tongued woman who says she was sent to New York to find him. After traveling through New Delhi, Bombay, and Bangalore, Jack finds himself in an abandoned painted palace with an entity that seems to know him a little too well.
Laced with Rabindranath Tagore quotes and boasting beautifully restrained soundscapes, Lopez’s piece also pays homage to radio drama’s past through tightly constructed and suspenseful storytelling. It is this juxtaposition of classically dramatic narrative arc and experimental non-diegetic sound that made Dreams of India so new when it first aired. This combination may not sound entirely novel almost twenty years after Dreams first aired—a fact that owes precisely to Lopez’s influence