After winning multiple awards in two consecutive seasons, Peel the Limelight will return to the Bangkok Theatre Festival this November, with the arresting psychological thriller "Death and the Maiden" by Ariel Dorfman

Directed by Peter O'Neill and featuring Kelly B Jones, James Laver and Jaime Zúñiga, “Death and the Maiden” explores the delicate balance between vengeance and closure in the aftermath of a totalitarian regime. The production will open on November 2nd and will run every Friday and Saturday of November. Tickets to go on sale on September 17th.

A special (free of charge) preview performance is scheduled on November 1st exclusively for teachers and scholars interested in assessing the possibility of bringing a group of students. The show is recommended for audiences age 14 and older. Limited availability -to book a seat for the preview, please email us at!

Part of the proceeds of our production of “Death and the Maiden” will be donated and used to cover the basic needs of Nicaraguan refugees in Guatemala and Costa Rica escaping repression, persecution and unemployment. We will accept donations from our audiences during the shows. If you would like to help us raise awareness, follow and share the news with the hashtag #SOSNicaragua! (Read more)

It happened yesterday but it could well be today.
— Ariel Dorfman on his play "Death and the Maiden"


Inspired by events in the author's native Chile, emerging from the rule of dictator Augusto Pinochet, the play tells the story of Paulina, a former political prisoner who was brutally tortured by her captors many years before. Her husband Gerardo has been recently appointed to the human rights commission in charge of investigating the atrocities committed by the regime. A holiday at their beach house is interrupted by the mysterious visit of a Dr. Roberto Miranda – the Good Samaritan who had stopped to help Gerardo on the road when his car broke down. Although she was blindfolded in her captivity, Paulina is convinced their unexpected visitor is the man who orchestrated her torture sessions. She ties him to a chair and, gun in hand, conducts her own interrogation.

Production history

“Death and the Maiden” received its world premiere in July 1991 at London’s Royal Court Upstairs. The production transferred to the Mainstage of The Royal Court and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play. It premiered on Broadway a year later in a star-studded production, directed by Mike Nichols and featuring Glenn Close as Paulina, Richard Dreyfuss as Gerardo, and Gene Hackman as Miranda. Glenn Close received a Tony for her performance. Roman Polanski directed the film adaptation of 1994, starring Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, and Stuart Wilson

About the author


Ariel Dorfman (born May 6, 1942) is an Argentine-Chilean-American novelist, playwright, essayist, academic, and human rights activist. Forced to leave Chile in 1973, after the coup by General Augusto Pinochet leading to the suicide of President Salvador Allende, he subsequently lived in Paris, Amsterdam, and Washington, D.C. A citizen of the United States since 2004, he has been a professor of literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina since 1985. 


Peter O’Neill - Director

Born in New York, with a BA in Theatre from College of the Holy Cross and an MFA in Theatre from CALARTS, by way of London, Peter is co-founder and Artistic Director of Peel the Limelight. Peter has acted, directed and produced for the stage in Los Angeles, New York, London, Melbourne and Southeast Asia.

His first production for Peel was Martin Sherman’s “Bent” in 2014, followed by Rajiv Joseph’s “Gruesome Playground Injuries” in 2015, Shaun Prendergast’s “The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, The Ugliest Woman in the World” in 2015 (IATC Best Director Award), Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive” in 2016, Lee Hall’s “Spoonface Steinberg” in 2017 and John Pielmeier’s “Agnes of God” in 2018.

Kelly B Jones - Paulina Salas


Kelly began her acting career on screen, on stage and with voiceover work after finishing her studies in film. She has starred in various film productions including international projects such as The Marine 2 and more recently on Blackpills sci-fi TV series, Product Wars and on the latest season of popular series, Strikeback.

On stage in Bangkok, she has played lead roles in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Lysistrata”, “Chicago The Musical” ,“Death of Miss America”. Kelly does regular voiceover work having voiced several characters for animation series and internationally known video games such as horror VR game Araya and zombie-apocalypse game, Dead Effect.

“Death and the Maiden” is Kelly's first production with Peel the Limelight.

James Laver - Dr. Roberto Miranda


James is a graduate of the Oxford School of Drama and the University of Cambridge. He has lived in Bangkok since 2007.

Previously with Peel the Limelight, James appeared in “Bent”, “How I Learned to Drive”, “The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World”, “Hollow”, and the one-man show “I Am My Own Wife” which Time Out praised as “A riveting success”. Other stage appearances include roles in “Stick Figures”, “The Little Prince”, “The Never-Ending Loneliness for Two”, and “BOXES”.

In addition to his work for stage and screen, James is also a voice artist, close-up magician, and magic consultant for the stage.

Jaime Zúñiga - Gerardo Escobar

Known in Bangkok’s theatre scene as co-founder and Executive Producer of Peel the Limelight, Jaime has performed, directed and produced for the stage in Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and his native Nicaragua. He holds a Master’s degree in Cultural and Creative Industries from Taipei National University of the Arts.  

With Peel, he has appeared as Horst in their premiere production of “Bent” by Martin Sherman, Dougie in “Gruesome Playground Injuries” by Rajiv Joseph, and Showman for the Australian tour of “The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World” by Shaun Pendergast. In addition to his work as producer, this season he has also directed "I Am My Own Wife" by Doug Wright.