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University Theatre to Present
'Death and the Maiden'
MAILED: Feb. 18, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's University Theatre will present Ariel Dorfman's "Death and the Maiden," a contemporary moral thriller set in a nameless South American country that has only recently returned to democracy.
The play opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Riverside Theatre. Additional performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28-March 2 and March 5-9 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 10.
"I chose to perform this play because it was different than any others we were doing this season," said Terry Allen, professor of theatre arts and director of the play. "It's a serious play about difficult issues such as political abuses and crimes against humanity."
The play was first written and performed in 1990. Since then, it has been adapted into a screenplay.
The play opens as Gerardo Escobar, played by senior Aaron Zook, Fall Creek, has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime. When his car breaks down, the humane doctor Roberto Miranda, played by senior Anthony A. Brown, Plymouth, picks him up, and brings him home. Gerardo's wife, Paulina, played by junior Colleen Giles, Eau Claire, thinks she recognizes him as the man who supervised her prison torture. Gerardo, being a man of the law, wants more proof, and what follows is an emotional tug-of-war that is full of surprises.
The play's stage manager is senior Laura Malischke, Wauwatosa.
A reviewer at the Sunday Times, London called the play "…a terrifying moral thriller, which combines brilliant theatricality with clear thought and fierce compassion."
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $8 for the general public; $6 for those 62 and older and children 17 and younger; and $5 for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff with a university ID.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Feb. 18, 2002