The Play


cast of speak truth to power

May 3, 2010 performance of the play Speak Truth To Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark directed by David Esbjornson © Anita and Steve Shevett. Left to right top row: Elias Koteas, Stanley Tucci, Alfred Molina, Viggo Mortensen, Paul Sorvino. Middle row: Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Gloria Reuben, Debra Winger, Marcia Gay Harden. Bottom row: Ariel Dorfman and Kerry Kennedy.

About the Play

Speak Truth to Power: Voices From Beyond the Dark is a play by Ariel Dorfman adapted from Speak Truth to Power, a book by Kerry Kennedy.

It is a play for ten actors (preferably five male and five female, though it can also be cast, if necessary, with four female and six male actors). Eight of these actors, four male, four female, will represent the human rights defenders. The other two (a man and a woman, or two men) represent evangelists of evil, malicious and sarcastic embodiments of fear and repression first and then, as the play advances, of the indifference which is the perpetual opposite of love. These oppressors should be dressed differently, lit differently, act differently, and speak differently from the human rights defenders. They are supposed to have more mobility, should be allowed to roam the stage at will, whispering, probing, threatening, determined to undermine the message from the heroes and heroines. This differentiation is crucial to the drama of the play.

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About the Playwright

ARIEL DORFMAN, the Chilean-American writer and human rights activist, is a distinguished professor at Duke University and has written books in Spanish and English that have been translated into more than 40 languages. His plays have been staged in over 100 countries and have received numerous awards, including the Laurence Olivier Award (for “Death and the Maiden,” which was made into a feature film by Roman Polanski). His latest novel is Americanos: Los pasos de Murietta, and Houghton Mifflin will bring out the second volume of his memoirs in 2011. In July 2010 he had the honor of delivering the Nelson Mandela Lecture in South Africa.


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