Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, ARIEL DORFMAN is a Chilean citizen. A supporter of Salvador Allende, he was forced into exile and has lived in the United States for many years. Besides poetry, essays and novels Hard Rain (1990); Widows (1983); The Last Song of Manuel Sendero (1987); Mascara (1988); Konfidenz (1995). His plays include Death and the Maiden, which has been produced in over one hundred countries and made into a film by Roman Polanski. Dorfman has won many international awards, including the Sudamericana Award, the Laurence Olivier and two from the Kennedy Center, where Speak Truth to Power, his last play, recently premiered. He is distinguished professor at Duke University and lives in Durham, North Carolina.