Ariel Dorfman’s explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been. Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden. David Schroeder. Dalhousie University. Follow this and additional works at: In his article, “Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden,” David Schroeder suggests that the selection of the play’s title Death and the Maiden () by.

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Royal Court Theatre London. With the same cast and director, it transferred to the Mainstage at The Royal Court on 4 November Susie Porter played Paulina with Eugene Gilfedder as the man whose voice might be his undoing. Neither did I let the victims off the hook.

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The woman is full of fear, gripped by dewth secret terror that she only shares with the man she loves. Paulina records the entire confession and has Roberto write it out and sign it.

An opera based on the play has been composed by Jonas Forssell with the libretto by Ariel Dorfman. The rapist doctor played Schubert ‘s String Quartet No. David SchroederDalhousie University.

Paulina, the woman who had been raped and tortured and betrayed, was the most violent person on that stage, so the question for her was not any easier: Returning to my country after 17 years in exile, I saw rhe work as my gift to its turbulent transition. And now I have come back to London, and my characters have returned to the city that embraced them when they were as homeless as I was.

Thrilled, yes, but it is also sobering to realise that humanity has not managed to learn from the past, that torture has not been abolished, that justice is so rarely served, that censorship prevails, that the hopes of a democratic revolution can be gutted and distorted and warped. Death and the Maiden film. The Australian premiere production of Death and the Maiden took place on 16 December My goals were far more modest.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A workshop production was staged and opened in Santiago, Chileon 10 March The dictator was no longer in power, but his influence, his disciples, his corrupting shadow invaded every aspect of political life.

Miranda drives Gerardo home and later in the night he returns. I can’t help but ask if 20 years from now I will be writing this phrase all over again: But one does not create such a transgressive play in a country still reeling from many years of pain without suffering the consequences oneself. Paulina recognizes Miranda’s voice and mannerism as that of her rapist, and takes him captive in order to put him on trial and extract a confession from him.

Death and the Maiden

Twenty years ago, when Death and the Maidenthe play that tells this story, opened in London at the Royal Court Upstairsthe country where that woman, Paulina, awaited a constantly delayed justice, was my own Chile or the Argentina where I was born. While they are alone for the last time, Paulina accuses Roberto of being unrepentant and guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

But what my compatriots did not want for themselves dexth celebrated by the world. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Schroeder argues that Schubert was much more a political creature than has been widely recognized and that Dorfman seems to have sensed intuitively Schubert’s political nature.

After hearing the full story maidrn her captivity from Paulina, Gerardo formulates a confession with Roberto to appease Paulina’s madness and set her free from her past.

Her husband, qnd lawyer in charge of a commission investigating the deaths of thousands of dissidents under the previous regime, must defend the accused man because without the rule of law the transition to democracy will be compromised; if his wife kills that doctor, the husband will not be able to help heal a sick and wounded land. Comparative Literature and Culture 9. Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden.


It had one reading and one workshop production prior to its world premiere. A stranger named Dr. During the night and the day that follows she will have to confront that fear, she will bring to justice dodfman her living room the doctor she believes is responsible for having tortured and raped her years ago. Schroeder further explains that the connection with Schubert’s work is also better understood in relation to Schubert’s belief in the impossibility of returning to life “as it was before” after destructive episodes.

Years later, after dexth also unnamed repressive regime has fallen, Paulina lives in an isolated country house with her husband, Gerardo Escobar. Skip to main content.

When Gerardo comes back from a visit to the xorfman, he gets a flat tire. It was not something I had anticipated, this planetary weight and import, when I wrote the play in Santiago. Just as today in Egypt or Russia, for that matterthose who had benefitted from decades of privileges and oppression continued to occupy enclaves from where they controlled the economy, the judiciary, the military, and threatened to return and murder and plunder and banish.

Authors David SchroederDalhousie University. At the end of the play it is unclear who is dorrman. Miranda stops to assist him. Recommended Citation Schroeder, David. Views Read Edit View history.

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