Get ready to be taken back in time to the French Revolution and experience the stories and struggles of insane asylum inmates in Temple’s production of Peter Weiss’s play Marat/Sade.
Marat/Sade is set in the historic Charenton Asylum in France, right in the wake of the French Revolution. It is almost entirely a “play within a play”, with the asylum inmates being the actors. The play within the story takes place during the revolution and then quickly brings the audience up to date. The play tackles the chaos and insanity of life after the French Revolution, and explores human struggle and class issues that still affect the world today.
Marat/Sade is a play with music, where the songs comment on the themes in the play. However, unlike traditional musical format, the music does not further the plot nor the development of the characters. It is considered a theatrical masterpiece that raises the question of where true revolution comes from: changing society or changing oneself.
Marat/Sade features a cast of extremely talented Temple actors who have rehearsed tirelessly to bring this show and these characters to life. The play is for mature audiences and is 2 hours long with no intermission. The production will be housed at Temple’s intimate Randall Theater from November 9 through the 19 at varying times. Tickets are $10 for students and faculty with a TUID. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Tomlinson Theater box office.
To learn more about Temple’s production of Marat/Sade visit its page on the School of Theater, Film, and Media Arts website or its event page.