Night of the Assassins

JOSÉ TRIANA (CUBA, 1965)
TRANSLATED BY SEBASTIAN DOGGART

Set in a dingy, claustrophobic attic or basement, Night of the Assassins focuses on three adult children who obsessively enact the murder of their parents. Triana’s drama has been widely acclaimed by foreign commentators, but it aroused suspicion in Cuba when it first appeared. By trapping spectators in a totalizing, closed world, the play deprives us of all external markers that might orient our judgment. Is the endless cycle of crime and punishment that these siblings perform a game? A ritual? A rehearsal for revolution? Or a condemnation of the revolution Cuba had recently experienced?

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