Death And The Maiden , South Wales Theatre Collective By Ariel Dorfman

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Death And The Maiden , South Wales Theatre Collective By Ariel Dorfman

Time: March 23, 2011 to March 26, 2011
Location: Chapter Arts Centre Stiwdio
Street: Market Street , Canton
City/Town: Cardiff
Website or Map: http://www.chapter.org/aboutu…
Phone: 02920304400
Event Type: theatre
Organized By: Gary Knowles
Latest Activity: Feb 27, 2011

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  • South Wales Theatre Collective return to the stage with this timely piece of theatre.

Written in 1991 by Ariel Dorfman Death and the Maiden is a moral thriller about a woman, Paulina, who believes that a stranger who comes to her home is the doctor who, under a military dictatorship, tortured and raped her many years before. (The play's title is taken from a piece of music by Franz Schubert; Paulina loved the piece but grew to revile it when it was played repeatedly during her torture sessions.) What unfolds is a tense cat-and-mouse style thriller that leads to an uncompromising conclusion.
Dorfman began writing the play in the mid-1980s, when he was in exile from Chile, a country under the rule of the military dictator General Augusto Pinochet. It was not until Chile's return to democracy in 1990 that Dorfman returned to the play and "understood ... how the story had to be told."
A workshop production of Death and the Maiden was staged in Santiago, Chile, opening in March, 1991, and in July of that year the play had its world premiere at London's Royal Court Upstairs. In November the production, which received the London Time Out Award for best play of 1991, moved to the Royal Court mainstage. Reception of the play was positive, critics finding it both dramatically engaging as well as historically timely (given the number of societies around the world facing painful legacies of repressive regimes).

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