Death and the Maiden

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Death and the Maiden (1990) is a play by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman (born 1942) [1]. The play is about a woman who takes revenge on her rapist. The time is the present and the place, a country that is probably Chile but could be any country that has given itself a democratic government just after a long period of dictatorship.

The world premiere was staged at the Royal Court Theatre in London on 9 July 1991, directed by Lindsay Posner with Juliet Stevenson. Glen Close, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss appeared in a Broadway production.

Performance history in South Africa

Dorfman invited Barney Simon to produce the play in South Africa. It was staged at the Market Theatre starring Terry Norton, Ramolao Makhene and Robert Whitehead in 1992. Sets designed by Nadya Cohen, lighting by Wesley France.


Vrye Weekblad 11 November 1992.

Ruphin Coudyzer. 2023. Annotated list of his photographs of Market Theatre productions. (Provided by Coudyzer)

Wikipedia [2].

Material relevant to the production held by NELM: [Collection: MARKET THEATRE]: 2007. 10. 10. 35. 1.

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