Time is running out to see the heralded play, MARAT/SADE: It ends this weekend
“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!
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.
California Stage will open its highly anticipated production of Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss July 19th, 2014. Veteran Los Angeles director Kent Johnson dives into Weiss’ avant garde masterwork to create the most outrageous musical spectacle of the season. (Tickets available online here.)
Weiss reveals what happens when the “1%” goes too far and takes too much in his grandiose and grotesque play-within-a-play. In 1808, the infamous Marquis de Sade directs the inmates of the Charenton lunatic asylum in his own luridly critical take on the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat by Charlotte Corday and the French Revolution as a whole. De Sade’s fellow patients, lead by the Herald, voice their own discontent with the Marat’s glorious Revolution through song, dance and pantomime set to live music.