My husband and I fell in love over a production of Marat/Sade.
The work, which originally premiered in Berlin in 1964, is the play with the longest name in history: 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. The title is usually shortened to Marat/Sade for obvious reasons.
The Toronto Reference Library’s Arts Department has the play in various formats:
- The original playscript by Peter Weiss.
- The vocal score by Richard Peaslee.
- A CD recording of two productions: Marat/Sade and US.
- A DVD of Peter Brook's motion picture version of the production.
- A vinyl recording of the Royal Shakespeare company’s production.
The Arts Department also also has a number of books discussing the significance of the play and its various incarnations. Here are a couple of them:
The play centres around the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat, a well-known figure in the French Revolution. In 1793 French painter Jacques-Louis David was called upon to memorialize martyrs of the French Revolution, including Marat. The famous painting, known as The Death of Marat, is pictured below.
Want to learn more about Jacques-Louis David and his this famous painting? Check out these and other great books about the artist: