The Cape Breton University Boardmore Theatre is proud to present Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss and directed by Gary Walsh. A six-night only event, running from January 23 to 27 with a start time of 7pm and on January 28 starting at 2pm.
“Primed for a new generation of theatregoers who do not gravitate towards classical theatre, this play is an experience of thrill, twists and mania that cannot be missed,” says Gary Walsh, Marat/Sade Director. A retired high-school drama teacher, Walsh has been involved in the local theatre community since 1968, when he first worked on this play.
“It has been a wonderful experience for me to revisit work I was involved in 50 years ago. We did the production with very little technology and space, young actors with limited performance experience. The play should appeal to a wide range of audiences, lots of physical action [and] fascinating ideas about society and revolution.”
Marat/Sade is based in the Charenton Insane Asylum following the French Revolution. The lead character, the infamous Marquis de Sade (a French nobleman) constructs a play for guests and family of the asylum director. Through an outrageously theatrical production, the line between the stage and reality blurs. The audience will follow what happens when an innocent therapeutic activity goes wrong and madness commences.
“Although this play focuses on the events surrounding the French Revolution, it covers the motives behind a popular rebellion, the flaws of capitalism and the futility of war, not to mention the nature of theatre, so Marat/Sade remains timeless. This play can easily be a commentary on today’s world and The Boardmore Playhouse is proud to be presenting such challenging theatre,” says Todd Hiscock, Artistic Director, Boardmore Theatre.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. The Boardmore Theatre is pleased to offer pay what you can night on January 23, and talk-back night on January 26. Tickets can be purchased at the Boardmore Theatre box office. The box office is open 1 to 5pm, Monday to Friday.