by  Ariel Dorfman

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 2f

"A veritable hall of mirrors: a mixture of Kafka and Pirandello." – The Guardian

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    4m, 2f
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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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A censor discovers that the subversive novel he is about to ban is describing his own life and hinting that a terrible fate awaits his son. He must hunt down the author before it comes true…
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"A politically charged play about what happens to a society when it suppresses important truths in the name of higher ideals." – My London Your London

"A veritable hall of mirrors: a mixture of Kafka and Pirandello." – The Guardian


Business, Death


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Setting: The near future, everywhere.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


4m, 2f
DANIEL LUCAS - around fifty years old.
DON ALFONSO - same actor as Daniel Lucas.
IRENE - a secretary, in her thirties.
JAQUELINE -  same actor as Irene.
NICK (NICHOLAS) LUCAS - Daniel Lucas' son, around twenty-five/thirty, a writer.
ENRIQUE MORALES - same actor plays Nick.
DAVID MALKO - same actor plays Nick.
TANYA - a shadow woman, Daniel's former wife. Between twenty and thirty years old.
SONIA - David Malko's wife, same actor plays Tanya.
MAN - ageless, can only play himself.
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting



Ariel Dorfman

Ariel Dorfman, the Chilean-American author of numerous works of fiction, plays, poems, screenplays and essays in both Spanish and English, holds the Walter Hines Page chair at Duke University. His books have been translated into over forty languages and his plays staged in more than one hundred countries. His play DEAT ...

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