(Sam Bass Community Theatre, 600 Lee Street, Round Rock)
Death and the Maiden
by Ariel Dorfmann
March 22 - 30, 2013
Thursdays - Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Sam Bass Community Theatre, 610 Lee Street, Round Rock
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.
"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... movingly personal." - The New York Times