Death and the Maiden


Written By:    Ariel Dorfman

Directed By:   David Coddington

Where:           Century Theatre, Herschell Street, Napier

When:             2nd to 4th August 2019

Time:              2.30 pm and 7.30 pm

Ticket Sales:  Ticketek

Cost:               $35.00 Adult

                       $30.00 Senior and Students

Death and the Maiden tells the story of Paulina Salas, her husband Gerardo Escobar, and Dr. Roberto Miranda, all citizens in an unnamed country that is recovering from the after-effects of a violent dictatorship. When Gerardo’s car breaks down one night, a kindly stranger named Roberto Miranda offers to drive Gerardo back to his beach house.

Gerardo offers Dr Miranda to stay the night. While conversing casually with Gerardo, Paulina, listening behind closed doors, believes she recognises his voice as one of the secret police entourage who abducted, tortured and raped her years before. While in captivity, this man portrayed himself as ‘kindly’ playing Schubert’s Death and the Maiden to calm down the prisoners while they were being tortured. She believes he subsequently raped her for his own sadistic pleasure. Given the opportunity Paulina is hell bent on personally putting the Doctor on trial. To go ahead with her plan runs the risk of destroying her husbands role on the commission and potentially returning the country to its previous military dictatorship.


Paulina Escobar played by Alexis Williams

Alexis is a graduate of the MIT/SouthSeas Film and Television School gaining her degree of Creative Arts in Performance. She also has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching in which she is teaching Performing Arts and Music in Auckland in various schools. Alexis is an accomplished actress, singer and musician playing principal and character roles in Fame, Bare, and Tauwhirowhiro and including many short films. She has recently travelled back from a three month overseas trip and is eager to get straight back into challenging theatrical roles working with David Coddington and The Real Theatre Company.

Gerardo Escobar played by Cameron Jones

Originally from the Bay, Cameron studied at Toi Whakaari; NZ Drama School before landing roles on local TV and film (The Hobbit, Shortland Street). He has spent the last 4 years in Los Angeles, working and continuing his study of acting at the Michael Laskin Studio, and the Stella Adler Academy in Hollywood. While furthering his training, Cameron has been busy landing roles in the US market, including a supporting role in the Emmy nominated TV film ‘Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors’, and a lead role in an independent film ‘Sarah’. Cameron has also been busy creating and expanding his one man show ‘High Rise, which took home three awards at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and was developed into a short film earlier this year. 

Doctor Miranda played by David Brown

David Brown has lived in Hawke’s Bay for a very long time and has appeared in a number of stage productions, including Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, Betrayal, Shadow of Heroes, Tom and Viv, Outside Edge, Habeas Corpus and most recently Send No Medals. He has directed a number of plays including Middle Age Spread and The Real Inspector Hound and has also had a long involvement with professional restaurant theatre in Hawke’s Bay.

Rehearsal Pictures

We are in full swing with rehearsals and can’t wait to tread the stage boards.

Cast and Crew!

Alexis Williams as Paulina Escobar
Cameron Jones as Gerardo Escobar

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