Black Hole Theatre Company presenting a show inspired by actual events and people
The Black Hole Theatre Company presents their final show of the 2017-18 season starting March 21.
The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade (Marat/Sade) is a play inspired by real-life events. Events take place in both 1793 and 1808.
The Marquis de Sade was incarcerated at the Charenton Asylum which was run by a man named Coulmier, the first person to use drama and art therapy to treat his patients. At Charenton, Sade wrote plays and directed them using patients as actors and these productions were public stagings.
Peter Weiss, playwright of Marat/Sade, imagined a play about Sade, Coulmier and his patients staging a play at Charenton inspired by events of the French Revolution and, in particular, the assassination of the radical French writer Jean-Paul Marat and his secular “martyrdom” at the hands of Charlotte Corday.