Tony Award nominee Alan Campbell (Sunset Boulevard, Contact) to star in Duke Professor, Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden at Raleigh’s Kennedy Theatre
“This is one of the most fantastic and challenging plays I’ve ever been a part of,” says Campbell who will portray Gerardo Escobar in Death and the Maiden, “I feel fortunate to be able to collaborate with a friend and trusted director,” Adam Twiss and to share it with our Hot Summer Nights’ audiences.”
Twenty-five years ago, playwright and human rights activist Ariel Dorfman accepted an offer to teach at Duke University where he was named the Walter Hines Page Professor of Literature and Latin American Studies. From his Durham home he has gone on to write numerous works, including the richly acclaimed and award-winning Death and the Maiden (1992). Directed on Broadway by Mike Nichols starring Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfus and Glenn Close (who starred in Sunset Boulevard alongside Alan Campbell); the play was later made into a feature film directed by Roman Polanski, starring Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley and Stuart Wilson.
Death and the Maiden follows the story of Paulina Salas (Benji Jones), a former political activist against the military, fascist regime. She believes Dr. Roberto Miranda (David McClutchey) a guest invited to her home by her husband, is the man who once tortured her while held captive by the government. Campbell, who is also Hot Summer Nights’ Managing Director, plays Paulina’s husband Gerardo, a rising star in the newly elected, liberal, people’s government and lawyer who presides over the new government’s war criminal investigations.
Directed by Hot Summer Nights’ Associate Artistic Director/Co-Producer Adam Twiss, Death and the Maiden is a play where truth and justice hang in the balance and is one show that will keep the audience on the edge of their seat!
Death and the Maiden part of the Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy will enjoy a two week run from July 28-August 8. All performances run Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 3 p.m. Shows take place at the Kennedy Theatre inside the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC.
Tickets are $22 for general admission and $18 for senior adults and students. Purchase tickets by calling 866-811-4111 or online through the Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy website:www.hotsummernightsatthekennedy.org.
The Kennedy Theatre at Progress Energy Center
2 East South Street
Kennedy Theatre entrance is on Salisbury Street around the back of Progress Energy Center.