Ariel Dorfman

Death and the Maiden

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A woman seeks revenge when the man she believes to have been her torturer happens to re-enter her life.
Years have passed since political prisoner, Paulina, suffered at the hands of her captor: a man whose face she never saw, but whom she can still recall with terrifying clarity.
Tonight, by chance, a stranger arrives at the secluded beach house she shares with her husband Gerardo, a human rights lawyer. A stranger Paulina is convinced was her tormentor and must now be held to account…
Ariel Dorfman's play premiered at the Royal Court in 1991, and is now recognised as a modern classic. It ran for a year in the West End, was a hit on Broadway and was filmed by Roman Polanski starring Ben Kingsley and Sigourney Weaver.
‘A play that audiences will carry out of the theatre and into life’ New York Times
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67 printed pages
Original publication
2013

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