Review: Peter Weiss‘ “Marat”
Weiss’ play — full title The Persecution and Assassination of Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, commonly known as Marat/Sade — is a partly historical rendition of the 1793 murder of French Revolutionary Marat, performed as if in one of de Sade’s plays put on when he was a real-life inmate of Charenton Asylum. The play exemplifies Artaud’s concept of Theatre of Cruelty (here you can expect whipping and assassination onstage) and one can imagine it as stark and brutal in live performance. Interesting, dark, political, recommended.
Where it came from: MM’s bookshelf
Time and manner of reading: Bed then armchair reads
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of/that: —
Who I’d recommend it to: Readers after a historical genre experience with a good dose of politics thrown in
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley