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 (usually shorted to 'Marat/Sade') by Peter Weiss pits the romantic idealism of French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat against the nihilistic, individualist perspective of the Marquis de Sade, the play's central character. Sade, confined to the Charenton mental asylum, leads his fellow inmates in a theatrical reenactment of Revolutionary events up until the present day of 1808 including the activities and assassination of Marat who had died fifteen years before. The hospital director Coulmier believes the production to be an earnest statement of patriotism. Sade's true intentions are to ridicule the Revolution's fundamental assumptions in philosophical dialogues with the Marat character and encourage the inmates to run amok. Despite continual interruptions and redactions by Coulmier control over the production and inmates unravels until chaos overtakes the facility.
The score to Macalester College theater's production, directed by Rachel Perlmeter, was a compositional collaboration between myself, J. Anthony Allen and Noah Keesecker. Following the production's contemporary approach to costume and set design, the score makes heavy use of modern production aesthetics, sampling, electronic noise and an eclectic live instrumentation.
Note: The vocals on these recordings are rough cuts, not a recording of the cast.