Monday, March 1, 2010
Marat/Sade at Macalester College
A production of Peter Weiss's 1963 play Marat/Sade is running for three more nights, Thursday through Saturday, March 4-6, at the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center at Macalester College. The production, directed by Rachel Perlmeter, features powerful original music by Noah Keesecker, Joshua Clausen, and J. Anthony Allen. The production is staged in a white box built entirely on the proscenium stage of the theatre, with tight tiers of seats surrounding the sunken stage on four sides, like an operating theater. Though the script sets the action in the asylum of Charenton in 1808, this production sets it in a dystopic future, giving the play an Orwellian feel. I found the production unexpectedly gripping, not just because I was transfixed by the beautiful performance of my friend Peytie McCandless as Charlotte Corday. She was surrounded by a strong cast, especially Russell Schneider as Sade and Drew Callister as Marat. There's a chaotic little taste of the production in this video trailer produced by Noah Keesecker.Macalester College box office at 651-696-6359.