Marat/Sade PosterBy Peter Weiss

Directed by: Gerd Hauck

Performances: March 16-18, 2005

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building

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.

Set in the historical Charenton Asylum, now d’Hôpital Esquirol, Marat/Sade is almost entirely a "play within a play". The main story takes place on July 13, 1808, after the French Revolution; the play directed by de Sade within the story takes place during the Revolution, in the middle of 1793, culminating in the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat (which took place on July 13, 1793), then quickly brings the audience up to date (1808). The actors are the inmates of the asylum, and the nurses and supervisors occasionally step in to restore order. The bourgeois director of the hospital, Coulmier, supervises the performance, accompanied by his wife and daughter. He is a supporter of the post-revolutionary government led by Napoleon, in place at the time of the production, and believes the play he has organised to be an endorsement of his patriotic views. His patients, however, have other ideas, and they make a habit of speaking lines he had attempted to suppress, or deviating entirely into personal opinion. Suffice it to say that they, as people who came out of the revolution no better than they went in, are not entirely pleased with the course of events as they fell.

Cast - Marat/Sade

Marquis de Sade - Steve Ryder

Jean-Paul Marat - Brad Cook

Herald - Greg Carere

Charlotte Corday - Jennifer Scullion

Duperret - Bryan Quinlan

Coulmier - Peter Mabrucco

Cucurucu - Kaylan Worsnop

Kokol - Mikey Klein

Polpoch - Celeste Dickson

Rosignol - Whitney Allen

Roux - Derek Lindman

Simonne - Kara Harun

Patient - Casee Ahrens           

Patient - Melanie Bennett           

Patient - Jeff DeSchiffert

Patient - Nathaniel Gibbs

Patient - Jessica Isard                     

Patient - Jacqui Kaiser

Patient - Samantha Leask          

Patient - Natalie Mathieson

Patient - Tara Vernoff

Patient - Kristin Wallace        

Female Nurse 1 - Elizabeth Barry

Female Nurse 2 - Bridget Myers        

Male Nurse 1 - Rasheed Ali

Male Nurse 2 - Brendan Riggs

Madame Coulmier - Jessica O’Connor

Creative Team

Director - Gerd Hauck

Musical Director - Jacqueline Sadler

Set Design - Miranda E.J. Warner

Costume Designer - Jocelyne Sobeski

Lighting Design - Travis Hatt

Sound Design - Fraser Smith

Production Team

Director of Production - Bill Chesney

Production Manager  - Celeste Dickson

Technical Director - Scott Spidell

Asst. Technical Director - Fraser Smith

Asst. Musical Director - Bianca Tong


Doris Chen flute

Greg Dozois trumpet

Darren Hutz guitar

Bianca Tong keyboard

Brandon Valdivia percussion

Voice Coach - Alan Sapp

Publicity - Robin Atchison

Publicity/FOH - Michelle Jedrzejewski, Michelle Logan

Poster Design - Yen Chu Design

Program - Vik Kovac, Bridget Myers, Jessica O’Connor, Yen Chu

Asst. Lighting Designer - James Peltzer

Lighting Operator - Stephanie Casselman

Lighting Crew - Brandon Riggs, Greg Carere, Emily Schooley, Jon Davoodi, Lindsay Weber, Steve Ryder

Carpentry Head - Gill Lesperance

Carpentry Crew - Brad Cook, Danielle Jewinski, Jesse Ariss, Mark Folkes, Nathaniel Gibbs, Soraya Marinho

Paint and Props Crew - Amy Cruickshank, Casee Ahrens, Courtney Wilson, Jennifer Lorbetski, Mel Williamson, Tara Parachuk

Wardrobe Crew - Amy Tait, Ashley Bissonette, Bridget Myers, Julie Atchison, Melanie Bennett, Sabina Medarevic, Tara Velanoff

Sound Team - Jon Gordner, Vik Kovac

Special Thank yous to:

Aird Centre

Wilfrid Laurier University