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posted Friday, August 8 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 32

Provocative Latin American political drama opens on stage in September
DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
LATINO THEATER PROJECTS
SEPTEMBER 5-28


Latino Theater Projects, Seattle's premiere professional Latino Theatre company, once again will be presenting a provocative Latin American play in September. At the Ballard Underground, LTP will stage the riveting political psychodrama Death and the Maiden by dissident Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman from September 5-28.

With Death and the Maiden, LTP is digging into the human side of oppression and societal evils. Character Paulina Salas was tortured and raped as a political prisoner during a repressive military dictatorship in an unnamed South America country. Years later, she is still haunted by those experiences. Her husband, Gerardo, has been appointed to a kind of 'truth and reconciliation' commission to uncover the abuses of the former regime. Chance puts a man, Dr. Miranda, who may or may not have been her oppressor, in her isolated home. Will she turn the tables and seek revenge, or will her husband's responsibilities to right the wrongs of the past stand in her way? You will have to see the play to find out.

The play stands at the crossroad of justice, deeply buried wrongs, and personal strength and identity. This dynamic is relevant to many audiences, including the LGBT community. Anyone who has experienced political or societal rejection will relate to the central dilemma of the plot.

'We carefully chose this Latin American theatre jewel. It resonates with current events such as the ongoing debate about the American government employing torture techniques with suspected terrorists,' said Fernando Luna, Artistic Director. 'We all need to put such actions in the context of human rights. The play brings this perspective into focus on the most human level.'

Fernando Luna, the Artistic Director of LTP, has assembled an amazing array of creative artists to make this production one of the highest standards. The cast includes actors who are fixtures of Seattle's professional theater scene including Frank Lawler, Tonya Andrews and Luna himself. The design team includes veterans of many of Seattle's top theatres. They include stage director Emma Watt, set and costume director Kristina Hestenes-Stimson, lighting designer Zanna Paulson, sound designer Joshua Blaisdell, stage manager Lisa Harrington, and fight choreographer Tom Dewey.

As leaders with an interest in promoting social change, Fernando Luna and Robert Harkins founded Latino Theatre Projects in 2011 as a vehicle to bridge gaps between the Latino community and Seattle's general population. Death and the Maiden is their sixth production as they are building and attracting a diverse and growing audience for their work. Previously, they have primarily worked in Seattle's South End. Moving to the Ballard Underground is a first step in getting their important work before a broader audience in Seattle's neighborhoods.

'Our work appeals to diverse communities, not just the Latino community,' said Artistic Director Fernando Luna. 'Our work has included LGBT, feminist, immigrant, and Latino themes. Performing in the heart of Seattle brings these themes directly to all of Seattle.'



Latino Theater Projects presents Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman September 5-28 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at The Ballard Underground (2220 NW Market St., Lower Level) in downtown Ballard. For more information and tickets, visit www.latinotheatreprojects.org.

Courtesy of Latino Theater Projects



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