FAU’s Department of Theatre Presents ‘Widows’
Florida Atlantic University’s department of theatre in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents the Florida premiere of the play “Widows,” by Ariel Dorfman, from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, in the Studio One Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Shows are on Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. General admission tickets are $20; FAU students may purchase tickets for $12, and FAU faculty and staff may purchase tickets for $16. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.fauevents.com, by calling 800-564-9539 or at the theatre one hour prior to the performance.
This play of fiction based on fact takes place during the regime of Augusto Pinochet in Chile from 1970 to 1998. During this time, the government arrested more than 100,000 people as political prisoners and either executed or jailed them in makeshift concentration camps. The play takes place in a small mountain village where all the men have been taken away, and the women are left to wonder if they will ever see their fathers, husbands and sons again.Dorfman has spent the greater part of his professional career as a voice of condemnation of human rights violations in Chile and in other regions around the world. He was for many years a political exile from his homeland. At the time when Dorfman wrote this play, after 17 years of dictatorship, bodies began to appear all over the country, as Dorfman describes “unearthed in the desert, in abandoned mine shafts, dug up in secret cemeteries by the sea.” The play puts a human face on the tragedy that occurred in Chile and tragedies like it that have been repeated throughout history.