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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Death and the Maiden’s haunting relevance

Schroeder proposes that it is not only that the title of the piece comes directly from Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in D minor, so named because it uses material from the song of the ddath name as the theme for the second movement. Susie Porter played Paulina andd Eugene Gilfedder as the man whose voice might be his undoing.

I’m thrilled that the relations between men and women that I explored, the intricacies of memory and madness, the aftermath of violence, the uncertainty of truth and narrative, continue to capture the imagination of so many.

Years later, after the also unnamed repressive regime has fallen, Paulina lives in an isolated country house with her husband, Gerardo Escobar. Unconvinced of his guilt, Gerardo acts as Roberto Miranda’s lawyer and attempts to save his life.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.


Death and the Maiden plunged its finger into the wound of Chile by showing that the executioners were among us, smiling on the streets but also interrogated the democratic elite, wondering what ideals they had forced themselves to sacrifice.

Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. My goals were far more modest. It had one reading and one workshop production prior to its world premiere.

Paulina records the entire confession and has Roberto write it out and sign it.

Neither did I let the victims off the hook. It was not something I had anticipated, this planetary weight and import, when I wrote the play in Santiago. Miranda stops to assist him. Her husband, a 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.

Order by newest oldest recommendations. Schroeder argues that Dorfman’s thoughtful choice is as much related to the strong parallels between Schubert’s Maiden and Dorfman’s character Paulina Salas, as to Dr.

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

So many societies that back then were being torn by the question of what you do with the trauma of the past, how to live side by side with your enemies, how to judge those who aand abused power without destroying the fabric of a reconciliation necessary to move forward. An opera based on the play has been composed by Jonas Forssell with the libretto by Ariel Dorfman.

For other uses, see Death and the Maiden disambiguation. Death and the Maiden is a play by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman. But one does not create such a transgressive play in a country ajd reeling from many years of pain without suffering the consequences oneself.

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With the same cast and director, it transferred to the Mainstage at The Royal Court on 4 November David SchroederDalhousie University. The rapist doctor played Schubert ‘s String Maicen No.

Views Read Edit View history. Throughout the play it is uncertain whether details are evidence of Roberto’s guilt or Paulina’s paranoia. Miranda’s similarities with Schubert’s Death. Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden.

Death and the Maiden

The dictatorship that plagued her land has just fallen, and everything is uncertain. The elite of Chile hated what I had dwath, reviled it. The Australian premiere production of Death and the Maiden took place on 16 December Loading comments… Trouble loading? A stranger named Dr. This page was last edited on 16 Octoberat Comparative Literature and Culture 9.

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Paulina Salas is a former political prisoner in an unnamed Latin American country who had been raped by her captors, led by a sadistic doctor whose face she never saw.

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 Ariel Dorfman is a careful one. The dictator was no longer in power, but his influence, his disciples, his corrupting shadow invaded every aspect of political life.