Theatre 'd Art and Star Bar Players co-produce 'Marat/Sade'

By Jen Mulson Updated: January 16, 2014 at 9:31 am • Published: January 16, 2014 | 9:10 am 0

By Theatre 'd Art and Star Bar Players, opens Friday, runs 8 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, 4 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Jan. 30, through Feb. 2, Theatre 'd Art, 128 N. Nevada Ave., $15, $12 students, seniors and military, Sunday shows are pay-what-you-can; 357-8321, info@theatredart.org.

Does revolution ever accomplish anything?

That's the question Theatre 'd Art and Star Bar Players pose with their latest co-production, "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade," better known as "Marat/Sade."

The plot of the 1963 play by Peter Weiss is summed up by its title - asylum inmates are directed by the Marquis de Sade to stage the killing of journalist and politician Jean-Paul Marat. The play won four Tony Awards in 1966.

"The whole play takes on the notion of revolution and social change and looks at it from both sides," says director Jonathan Margheim. "There is a strong sense of the disenfranchised always getting (expletive) despite social upheaval. But do we throw revolution out? Is it a bad thing? A device made by fallible humans who can't get their (expletive) together? But what is the alternative?"

"Marat/Sade" is a play within a play, taking place in 1808, after the French Revolution. Cast members (asylum inmates) act out the death of Marat, the leader of a radical faction during the revolution. He was both loved and loathed, depending on who was asked, and was stabbed to death in 1793 in his bathtub by a young female caller from the conservative party.

"The show does not give any easy answers," Margheim says. "The idea of revolution is romantic in our eyes, especially an American view of revolution, but it's much uglier and has a much higher cost than we are ever willing to look at. That's not to say we shouldn't do it, but that usually these revolutions get co-opted while still in their infancy. Look at Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party."

Jennifer Mulson, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

OTHER EVENTS

Colorado Springs Youth Symphony with the Albuquerque Youth Orchestra and the Santa Fe Youth Orchestra - 3-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road, free; 633-3901, csysa.com.

Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Showcase - 1-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17-19, Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver, $13, free ages 12 and younger; 1-972-398-0052, indianmarket.net.

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