Death and the Maiden Summary
Ariel Dorfman

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Death and the Maiden Overview

Death and the Maiden, written by Ariel Dorfman, had its world-wide premiere at the Royal Court in London in 1991. It opened on Broadway the following year with the star studded cast of Glenn Close (Paulina), Richard Dreyfuss (Gerardo) and Gene Hackman (Roberto). The three-act drama earned England’s Olivier Award for Best Play and was subsequently made into a movie directed by Roman Polanski. The play’s title references Schubert’s quartet Death and the Maiden. The inspiration for the tale came during the playwright’s exile during Pinochet’s dictatorial reign. When the country restored democracy after 18 years, Dorfman returned to Chile and when he witnessed the difficult transition, he wanted to uncover the issues publicly that were dominating private conversations emerging in living rooms across Chile.

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