An acclaimed Peruvian theater work exploring the trauma of the country’s 1980-2000 internal conflict is drawing another kind of attention — from anti-terrorist police.
An investigation was opened into the play, “The Captive,” after a police investigator wrote a report deeming it sympathetic to Shining Path rebels.
The play by Luis Alberto León closed in Lima in December. It examines the conflict’s atrocities through a dead 14-year-old girl, whose a corpse is nevertheless animate.
Interior Minister Daniel Urresti defended the police probe Monday after the report was leaked. He said police must do their all to prevent a Shining Path comeback.
The Culture Ministry defended the play Monday as “promoting reflection.”
Catholic University professor Cesar de María called the police investigation an absurd embarrassment.