Ariel Dorfman’s harrowing political drama “Death and the Maiden,” set in an unnamed Latin American country in the wake of a dictatorship’s collapse, will open Thursday in the Manny Fried Playhouse (255 Great Arrow Ave.). It is a co-production between the Subversive Theatre Collective and Raices Theatre Company.
The show, starring Victor Morales, Rolando Gomez and Raices artistic director Victoria Perez, tells the story of a woman who comes face-to-face with the man she believes raped her during the recent conflict. It asks timeless questions about blame and retribution, about what it means to be a victim or a perpetrator in lawless time and about what we lose forever in the fog of war.
Subversive staged Dorfman’s play “Widows,” a poetic exploration of life of widows who lost their husbands and sons under the Chilean dictatorship, in 2009. This is the first co-production between Subversive and Raices, the company formed last year to produce plays by and about Hispanic people. “Death and the Maiden” was first produced on Broadway in 1992 in a play directed by Mike Nichols and starring Glenn Close, Gene Hackman and Richard Dreyfus.
Subversive’s production, artistic director Kurt Schneiderman wrote, is an attempt to “recapture the play’s Hispanic roots.” Tickets are $20 to $25. Call 408-0499 or visit www.subversivetheatre.org.
– Colin Dabkowski