Marat / Sade Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the setting of the play.

The Marat/Sade takes place in the bathhouse of the Asylum of Charenton in 1808. The bathhouse has baths on one side and benches and massage tables on the other. The center is cleared for a playing area. There is dais for the Marquis de Sade and one for Marat's bath. To one side is a raised tribunal for Coulmier and his family.

2. What is the role of the audience in the play?

The audience of The Marat/Sade takes on the position of a post-Revolutionary French audience attending a play at Charenton. The Marquis de Sade historically wrote and directed plays while committed at the asylum.

3. Who is present on behalf of the asylum to oversee the Patients?

Coulmier, the Director of the Asylum of Charenton, is present for the play. He has his family with him. Attending the bathhouse of several Male Nurses with batons and several Sisters attending Corday.

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