The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

By Peter Weiss

Directed By Paymun Nematollahi and Bill Kerr

New Music by Cuinn Joseph

7:30 pm March 21-24, 27-31

2pm March 25

Talk back follows March 27 performance

Tickets: $18, $12 Students and Seniors

John J. Conklin Theatre

at the

Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall

Tickets: $18, $12 Students and Seniors

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Welcome to Charenton Asylum, France 1808. The infamous Marquis de Sade, an incarcerated eccentric nobleman, has written and is staging a dramatization of the assassination of radical political writer Jean-Paul Marat at the hands of young rebel Charlotte Corday, with the patients of the asylum performing all the roles. Much to the chagrin of the invited aristocratic audience, Sade’s supposed drama therapy performance devolves into anarchy, as rebellion and madness threaten to bring the whole institute (and even Enlightenment itself) crumbling down.
Since its debut in 1964, Marat/Sade has been produced on countless international stages to great critical success. Weiss’ play and “the play-within-the-play” are based on real events, Sade actually wrote and directed plays while he was an inmate at Charenton. Weiss draws on elements of Brecht and Artuad as he manages to simultaneously deliver a philosophical historical debate as well as a crazed, almost carnivalesque, theatrical experience.
Having collaborated together on past Black Hole Theatre productions, professor Bill Kerr and student Paymun Nematollahi have returned to co-direct this dark unflinching play. Bill has directed and co-directed countless shows for the Black Hole Theatre, some of which include Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, Friel’s Translations and The Aristocrats. Paymun, a B.A. Honours student specializing in theatre & film, has directed Ross’ Canadian Steel and assistant directed Friel’s Translations and Eno’s Middletown for the Black Hole Theatre. While music student Cuinn Joseph has led the musical front by creating an entirely new score for the production.

Involving over 40 cast members and musicians, be sure to join us for the mayhem and melody this March as this epic tale of the French Revolution unfolds.



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