Tuesday, February 15, 2011

WC’s Timely Play, "Death and the Maiden" Examines Journey from Dictator to Democracy

CHESTERTOWN—The Washington College Department of Drama will present Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman’s 1990 play Death and the Maiden on February 17, 18, and 19 at 8 p.m. in Tawes Theater, Gibson Center for the Arts. Professor Dale Daigle, assisted by sophomore Ellen Huffman, directs the production starring juniors Louisa Kathleen Muldowney, John Lesser, and Michael Zurawski.

Set in the present and in a country that has recently undergone the transition from dictatorship to democracy, Death and the Maiden examines not only the political fallout from such turmoil, but also the personal cost.

“The [recent] events in Egypt make the issues that the play wrestles with particularly poignant and relevant,” says director Daigle. It also reminds us that issues of torture and abuse of power are always present and imminent, and that we must constantly remind ourselves that whether we participate directly or not, we are all complicit in any torture or abuse of power that we allow.”

Seating in Tawes Theatre is limited; to reserve free tickets call 410-778-7835 or e-mail drama_tickets@washcoll.edu. The Gibson Center for the Arts is on the main campus, 300 Washington Avenue.

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