“MARAT/SADE is a Rocky Horror Show for intellectuals and other unsocial beings,” says director Kent Johnson. How so?
The play flings audiences into the French Revolution to rediscover mob theory on the angry streets of Paris. Guillotine blades are quickly dulled by the flying heads of the old aristocracy, while a new ruling class has spawned out of the old revolutionary leaders. JEAN-PAUL MARAT is deadly crazed about it.
March on to 1808 near Versailles, a madhouse called Charenton houses a playwright by the title of Marquis de Sade. He decides to present a play starring the inmates to retell the story of MARAT. The play morphs into a bloody dream sequence that takes us from the Great Terror to the new France of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
A veritable buffet of history, philosophy and politics to be served Saturday night — don’t miss out!
The Emmy-nominated Kent Johnson directs Marat/Sade
Emmy-nominated director Kent Johnson has taken the reins of Marat/Sade for California Stage this season. Having directed over 200 productions in his 68 year career, Johnson admits the show is his most challenging project yet.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Kent began directing and producing in Orange County in 1965. His smash hit production of Stop the World—I Want to Get Off ran for an astonishing 16 weeks at the Anaheim Playhouse, making local history and setting the stage for the next forty years of his career.
Three featured actors in the upcoming California Stage production Marat/Sade
With a cast of more than a dozen local actors, the California Stage will be filled with stars ready to shine come July 19th, when they present Marat/Sade. Meet three of them right here!
Richard Spierto — The Marquis de Sade Richard leads California Stage’s illustrious cast alongside Mark Gonzalez (Jean-Paul Marat), Sabrina Fiora (Charlotte Corday), and Michael RJ Campbell (the Herald).
Richard’s career as an actor, director, producer, and scenic and lighting designer spans 40 years, and like his infamous character, he is no stranger to controversy and social activism. Three years ago, he directed Frank Wedekind’s highly controversial Spring Awakening for The Alternative Arts Collective. He has also served as the President of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus and the West Coast Coordinator for “The Cycle of Life” cycling tour, which funds critical services for those diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.