The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

  • Carol Belk Theatre- UNC Asheville

  • Address: 1 University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Times: 7:30 PM
  • 10/20-10/22: 7:30PM 10/23: 2:00PM
  • Admission: General Admission: $12 Faculty & Seniors: $10 Students & OLLI: $7
  • Phone: (828) 232-2291

The fictional account, by Peter Weiss, of a play written by the Marquis de Sade and presented by the inmates at the asylum at Charenton. It concerns the murder of Jean Paul Marat, a leader of the French Revolution, at the hands of Charlotte Corday. The play questions the motives of revolution and the needs for it to happen. Many aspects of the play are based on historical facts. Sade, after whom sadism is named, was a prolific writer who was imprisoned and eventually sent to the asylum as a political prisoner. There he wrote and produced plays as therapy for the inmates and they were witnessed by members of the Charenton community. The Tony Award winning play was first produced in April, 1964 and was a striking commentary about the political unrest of the 1960s. Many of the points made in the play are even more relevant today. This play is for mature audiences and includes scenes of violence.