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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter discusses Cuban playwright Antón Arrufat’s adaptation of Aeschylus’ Seven against Thebes. Although Arrufat’s play was awarded the prize for drama by the Union of Cuban Artists and Writers when it was first performed in 1968, it was subsequently banned in Castro’s Cuba because of its allegorical references to the Bay of Pigs attack and suggestions of implied criticisms of Castro’s regime. It is argued, based on a comparative analysis with Aeschylus’ original, that Arrufat’s tragedy is not a condemnation of Cuban Revolution although it does raise questions concerning what the Revolution had become. Arrufat’s Los siete contra Tebas finally premièred in Cuba in 2007, in a somewhat more liberal climate, and certain details of this production are addressed.

Keywords: Aeschylus, Seven against Thebes, Antón Arrufat, Los siete contra Tebas, Cuba, Castro, Revolution, Bay of Pigs

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