La Muerte y La Doncella

Recommended Reading: Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden (La Muerte Y La Doncella) is a short play about a torture victim, who confronts a man who she alleges (but never saw) to be her former torturer and rapist. Her husband, is a doctor has been named to the country’s human rights commission to investigate past abuses. He doubts his wife story and acts as the defendent’s lawyer in a sort of mock trial. The tension builds as to whether the accused is guilty and to what type of justice is going to be met out. The story takes place in an unnamed Latin America country, which is assumed to be based on Dorfman’s home country of Chile where Pinochet’s reign of terror was unleashed.

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