WORLD STAGES: La Muerte y La Doncella (Death and the Maiden), LA MAFIA Teatro (Chile)
U.S. PREMIERE! Inspired by the Chilean transition to democracy, this 1992 Olivier Award–winning play describes a former political prisoner's chance encounter with the man she believes once tortured her.
- Mar. 14 - 16, 2014
- Family Theater
- 90 minutes
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LA MAFIA Teatro
La Muerte y La Doncella
(Death and the Maiden)
by Ariel Dorfman
Directed by Moira Miller
"The play is held by two strong pillars. The first is the excellent quality of Dorfman's texts, reaching new heights. The other is acting dexterity."
--Sangría (by Chile's Team Magazine)
In his 1992 Olivier Award winner for Best New Play, Argentine Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman describes the chance encounter between a former political prisoner and the man she believes once tortured her. More than 20 years later--after being translated and performed in more than 80 countries and made into a 1994 feature film by Roman Polanski--Dorfman's critically acclaimed metaphor for Chile's painful transition to democracy continues to ring with global relevance. Ariel Dorfman's work was last seen at the Kennedy Center in 2000 with the premiere of Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark starring Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Alec Baldwin, and John Malkovich.
Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion: March 14
In Spanish with projected English titles. Recommended for mature audiences.
Performance Timing: 90 minutes, with no intermission.
Part of WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014
- Antonia Zegers, Paulina Salas
- Erto Pantoja, Doctor Miranda
- César Sepúlveda, Gerardo Escobar
- Ariel Dorfman, playwright
- Moira Miller, director
- Luis Riveros, tech assistant
- Felix Villar, tech assistant
- Macarena Saquel, asst. director
- Pablo Villalabeitia, music
- Eduardo Jiménez, scenography
- Ángel Mallea, set construction
- Pablo Núnez, costume design
- Roman Yosif, producer
Presenting Underwriter HRH Foundation
Major support is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by A. Huda and Samia Farouki, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International government support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, the Embassy of Israel in the United States, the Canada Council for the Arts, The National Theatre of Iceland, and the Japan Foundation.
Major support for education and related artistic programming is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, the National Committee for the Performing Arts, and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.