Objective: The audience of The Marat/Sade is meant to take a role in the proceedings of the play. Coulmier and the other characters address them as though they were a convocation of gentles in post-Revolutionary France. The purpose of this lesson is to understand the role of the audience in the play
1. For class discussion: Review the historical realities of Sade's tenure at Charenton as a class. Who would have attended his plays? What was public opinion surrounding these plays? As such, determine who the audience is intended to be and what its intent in coming to the play is.
2. Divide the class into several groups and assign each a play in which the audience is regularly addressed: Richard III, M. Butterfly, Talk Radio, etc. How is the role of the audience different in this play as opposed to The Marat/Sade? Does the audience assume...
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