[PDF] Die Verfolgung und Ermordung Jean Paul Marats dargestellt durch die Schauspielgruppe des Hospizes zu Charenton unter Anleitung des Herrn de Sade AUTHOR Peter Weiss

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This extraordinary play which swept across Europe before coming to America is based on two historical truths the infamous Maruis de Sade was confined in the lunatic asylum of Charenton where he staged plays; and the revolutionary Jean Paul Marat was stabbed in a bathtub by Charlotte Corday at the height of the Terror during the French Revolution But The Persecution and Assassination of Jean Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Maruise de SadeIsn t that it Maybe spelling errorsI saw this play performed at Arena Stage in Washington DC somewhere around 40 years ago It was a great production of a very interesting play which was all the rage back then I should probably take another look at it seeing as I now know at least a bit about the French Revolution which is the context of the play The edition I have is not available on Goodreads it was published by Atheneum in 1968 with the English version of the play done by Geoffrey SkeltonWhat I find amazing given my memory is that the full title of the play has stuck with me all these years Must have been pretty catchy I guess How could anyone forget it Previous review Values in a Universe of ChanceRandom review Hag Seed Atwood does ShakespeareNext review Over The American Landscape at the Tipping PointPrevious library review Leonard Maltin s Movie GuideNext library review Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck Lee Klein A Tangled Affair (The Pearl House years ago It was a great production of a very interesting play which was all the rage back then I should probably take another look at it seeing as I now know at least a bit about the French Revolution which is the context of the play The edition I have is not available on Goodreads it was published by Atheneum in 1968 with the English version of the play done by Geoffrey SkeltonWhat I find amazing given my memory is that the full title of the play has stuck with me all these Matthews Choice years Must have been pretty catchy I guess How could anyone forget it Previous review Values in a Universe of ChanceRandom review Hag Seed Atwood does ShakespeareNext review Over The American Landscape at the Tipping PointPrevious library review Leonard Maltin s Movie GuideNext library review Thanks and Sorry and Good Luck Lee Klein

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Die Verfolgung und Ermordung Jean Paul Marats dargestellt durch die Schauspielgruppe des Hospizes zu Charenton unter Anleitung des Herrn de Sade

This play within a play is not historical drama Its thought is as modern as today's police states and The Bomb; its theatrical impact has everywhere been called a major innovation It is total theatre philosophically problematic visually terrifying It engages the eye the ear and the mind with every imaginable dramatic device techniue and stage picture There were few fieldtrips in high school but one was uite memorable I d been to the Art Institute of Chicago before certainly but we were taken to see a travelling exhibit of the works of David Of those paintings I was most struck by The Death of Marat the image of which has remained clear Jim Gottreich the teacher of sopho European history introduced us to the study of the French Revolution which of course was so like our own Looking for role models I did not much attend to the Terror By senior year and Tim Little s course in AP European I had also become attracted to Marx and friends with a number of professed Marxists in the classes which had already gone on to college Keeping with entrenched habits I naturally favored Trotsky over Lenin and both of them over the communists who governed the Soviet Union s experiment in applied Marxism after Lenin s strokes By then Marat was than a name several of his journalistic pieces appearing in collections of literature of the period He like Trotsky and Lenin was an idealist confronted with political opportunity who took the leap into practical action if mostly rhetorical It was some time in the beginning of that last year of secondary school that friends introduced me to the source of Judy Collins song about Marat Peter Weiss play Actually it is about the dynamics of revolutions with much attention paid and voice given to the dark side than I had allowed myself in previous studies Since Weiss was himself a Swedish communist and since his play through the inmates acting in de Sade s production gives voice to the interests of ordinary people his allowing de Sade his arguments and demonstrations against the doomed Marat was acceptable I listened and thought seriously about the fact that so many revolutionary movements including our own betrayed the common aspirations of many of their leaders and the common interests of the great masses of people in whose interests they were supposedly conducted and who in fact were the engines of transformation Years later in seminary I had the opportunity to see the BBC teleplay MaratSade with Vanessa Redgrave and other members of the Royal Shakespeare Company and so actually listen to the play MaratSade is brilliant Unlike many plays it reads well as literature but if one has the chance see it on stage also Although reuiring some knowledge of the French Revolution and although the one knows about that about Marat about deSade and about Napoleon the one will get from the reading one will not be stymied by only a cursory understanding of the historical period on 1789 1808 The play works on its own terms well enough Indeed it is actually often very funny and the songs are catchy I probably remember most of them All commentaries agree that the German original is far superior to the English translation If you know German go for the original

characters Die Verfolgung und Ermordung Jean Paul Marats dargestellt durch die Schauspielgruppe des Hospizes zu Charenton unter Anleitung des Herrn de Sade

Even including song and dance All the forces and elements possible to the stage are fused in one overwhelming experience This is theatre such as has rarely been seen before The play is basically concerned with the problem of revolution Are the same things true for the masses and for their leaders And where in modern times lie the borderlines of sani Speechless It isn t an easy play to review It isn t literature that can be easily dissected to the semi plot that the title of the play betrays The beauty comes in the setting It comes with the distance the main characters place themselves on stage both physically and as characters They share monologues righteous moral standards and a prison between them The verses are almost always philosophical meditations which can be seen as bunch of pretentious lines or Marxist agenda As the underlying theme is necessity of revolution Weiss touches upon people and their king and the madness it must take for a revolution to spring Oh the irony of it all The actors who are performing this play are in an asylum


10 thoughts on “Die Verfolgung und Ermordung Jean Paul Marats dargestellt durch die Schauspielgruppe des Hospizes zu Charenton unter Anleitung des Herrn de Sade

  1. says:

    The Persecution and Assassination of Jean Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Und

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    I have a co worker a sweet older lady who is very interested in the French Revolution and enjoys literature about that period I was going to loan her my copy of this play but then I thought 'Maybe better reread it first How racy was it exactly' Upon rereading Still enjoy this play tremendously but it's not exactly the sort of thing you'd loan a grandmotherly type Better notPrevious ReviewIn preparation for this review I bumped many of my fi

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    Possibly the most amazing play I've ever read I have never seen it on stage but there is a riveting film under the directi

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    “We're all free and eual to die like dogs” Every death even the cruelest deathdrowns in the total indifference of NatureNature herself would watch unmovedif we destroyed the entire human raceI hate Naturethis

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    There were few fieldtrips in high school but one was uite memorable I'd been to the Art Institute of Chicago before certainl

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    and the award for longest book title goes to

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    Marat Sade is probably the greatest single work composed to the norms of Antonin Artaud's theatre of cruelty It is loud energetic and thoroughly engaging I had the good fortune to see it performed life by Poland's national theatre in Warsaw in 1982 in a production that was every bit as good as the one that was filmed starring Glenda JacksonWeiss thesis that revolutions involve competing madnesses is very compelling His treatment

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    Speechless It isn't an easy play to review It isn't literature that can be easily dissected to the semi plot that the title of the play betrays The beauty comes in the setting It comes with the distance the main characters place themselves on stage both physically and as characters They share monologues righteou

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    Funny how I haven't read this for years but a few bits from the production I saw part of TV version watched in class have stuck in my head inc we want what we want and we don't care howwe want our revolution now and the singy songy bit whenever the name Charlotte Corday pops up Not that you run into a lot of references to Charlotte Corday outside the occasional Jeopardy uestion

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    The name of this play along with my interest in the French Revolution was what generated my desire to read it The structure of the p

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