Written in 1963 by Peter Weiss, Marat/Sade is a play within a play, set
in the historical Charenton Asylum after the French Revolution and during the reign
of Napoleon Bonaparte. The inmates present a play, under the direction of fellow
patient the notorious Marquis de Sade, that examines political extremism and the
sometime dark side of history and nationalism.
Viterbo will present an Americanized
version of the production, with the play set in the mind of an American and
using American historical imagery and icons. The themes are very relevant to
audiences today, said Dana McConnell, the Viterbo theatre and music theatre
department faculty member who is directing the production.
reflects the despair many Americans feel about the political system,” McConnell
The play features a cast of 23, with
many students in lead roles for the first time, McConnell said. The cast
members have been researching and giving presentations on American history,
both the good and the bad, to prepare.
“We’re hoping to provide a way into
a conversation about who we are together,” McConnell said.
is recommended for mature audiences. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9–10
and Nov. 15–17. The Nov. 18 show will be held at 2 p.m. Tickets are general
admission seating and are available at the box office at ext. 3100 or