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Film, play examine repercussions of repression, torture

January 28, 2009

Wake Forest University will look at the issues surrounding repressive regimes and surviving torture and its repercussions at a film screening and theatre production Feb. 4-7

At 7 p.m. Feb. 4, a screening and discussion of “Special Circumstances” by Marianne Teleki and Hector Salgado will be presented.  “Special Circumstances” is Salgado’s documentary about his return to Chile after nearly 40 years of exile to confront his torturers under the Pinochet regime.  Following the screening, Salgado will discuss the film.

The event, which will be held in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum located in Room 111, is sponsored by Wake Forest’s Women’s and Gender Studies Human Rights Film Festival, Latin American Studies program and the department of theatre and dance.   

At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5-7, Wake Forest’s student theatre group the Anthony Aston Players will present Ariel Dorfman’s play “Death and the Maiden” in the Ring Theatre of Scales Fine Arts Center. 

“Death and the Maiden” is a dramatic thriller about Paulina, a woman who believes that a stranger who comes to her home is the man who tortured and raped her many years before under a military dictatorship. The play is for mature audiences.

Anthony Aston productions are designed and staged entirely by Wake Forest students.  The performance is directed by Brittni Shambaugh and stage-managed by Abby Suggs.  The cast stars Maggie Choumbakos, Charl Coetzee and Ae’Jay Mitchell.    

The film screening and discussion are free and open to the public.  For more information, call (336) 758-3533. 

Tickets for the play are $3 for students and $5 for adults (cash only) and are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m.  For more information, call the Wake Forest Theatre Box Office at (336) 758-5295.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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