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Multimedia Lecture by Playwright Joanne Pottlitzer
"Symbols of Resistance: Artists under Pinochet"


Steve Runk    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

Award-winning playwright Joanne Pottlitzer will present a multimedia lecture on “Symbols of Resistance: Artists under Pinochet” on Wednesday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 219 of Aaron Burr Hall on the Princeton University campus.  The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is presented by Princeton’s Program in Latin American Studies, Lewis Center for the Arts, and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Pinochet let a military dictatorship of Chile from 1973 to 1990, a regime characterized by the torture and death of thousands of dissident voices.  Pinochet was later charged with human rights violations, although never stood trial before he died in 2006.   Pottlitzer is currently writing a book on the topic of her talk, entitled Symbols of Resistance:  The Legacy of Chilean Artists under Pinochet, dealing with the influence of artists on the political process.  Through interviews with writers, playwrights, musicians and visual and performing artists in Chile, she documents the role artists played in eventually leading Chile back to a democratic system in 1990.

Pottlitzer has produced a number of Latin American plays in New York and is the winner of two Obie Awards, two Senior Fulbright Awards, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and many producing and writing awards.  Her translations of plays have been produced in New York and elsewhere throughout the U.S.  Her history with Latin America and its cultures dates back to the early 1960s.  She has taught courses on Latin American theater at the Yale School of Drama, New York University, and other institutions.  Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Drama Review, American Theatre, Performing Arts Journal, and Review.  Among the plays she has written is Paper Wings, about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.  

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