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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
by Peter Weiss
English version by Geoffrey Skelton 
Verse adaptation by Adrian Mitchell
Directed by Wes Martin
September 24- October 9, 2004
Winner of the 1966 Tony Award for Best Play
Jacques-Louis Davis' "Death of Marat"

Between 1797 and 1811, the director of the Charenton Asylum near Paris established regular theatrical entertainments in his clinic as part of the therapeutic treatment of his patients. The Marquis de Sade, an inmate of Charenton from 1803 until his death in 1814, wrote and directed many of these entertainments; and it became fashionable in Paris to visit the asylum, as much to watch the antics of the lunatics as to watch their performances. Peter Weiss' Tony-winning drama, with its cast of sociopaths, schizophrenics, and narcoleptics, is a wild celebration of insanity, a terrifying pageant bursting with color and music.

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