As the UTRGV Theatre Department inaugurates University Production’s 2018-2019 season with Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman, recent events have validated the on going contemporary value and importance of this play.
As Chile experiences --- celebrates is probably not the proper word -- the 45th anniversary of the coup that ended the life of that nation’s freely elected President Salvador Allende and placed General Augusto Pinochet in charge, a series of riots and demonstrations have roiled the country. In the course of the repression that followed Pinochet’s rise in 1973, 3200 people were killed and over a million Chileans fled the country as political refugees. The wounds have never healed, and Death and the Maiden has never lost its relevance with its insightful examination of what happened in Chile – and what could happen anywhere else.
Directed by Brian Warren, this production will be presented at The Tower Theater of Weslaco. This is the first UTRGV production to be performed at the historic Tower Theater of Weslaco.