Death and the Maiden

by  Ariel Dorfman

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

Winner! 1992 Sir Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season
Winner! 1996 - 5 Dora Awards

"Searing." - Christian Science Monitor

"Magnificent...One of those rare plays which...seem to grasp the pulse of the centu…

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Death and the Maiden

by  Ariel Dorfman

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    2m, 1f
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    Olivier, From West End

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Tony award-winning Glenn Close, Richard Dreyfuss and Gene Hackman starred on Broadway in this political thriller. Set in an unnamed country that is, like the author's native Chile, emerging from a totalitarian dictatorship, the play explores the after effects of repression on hearts and souls. Paulina Escobar's husband Gerardo is to head an investigation into past human rights abuses. A Dr. Miranda stops at Escobars' to congratulate Gerardo. Paulina overhears them speaking and is convinced that Miranda supervised her prison torture sessions. She ties him to a chair and conducts her own interrogation, gun in hand. Escobar doesn't know whether to believe his distraught wife or his persuasive new friend. This white knuckle thriller is a rivetting intellectual and emotional tug of war.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 1992 Sir Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play of the London Season
    Winner! 1996 - 5 Dora Awards

Reviews

"Searing." - Christian Science Monitor

"Magnificent...One of those rare plays which...seem to grasp the pulse of the century." - London Financial Times

"A terrifying moral thriller which combines brilliant theatricality with clear thought and fierce compassion." - London Sunday Times

"Suspenseful, rivetting...[and] movingly personal." - The New York Times

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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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