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Written by Peter Weiss
Translated by Geoffrey Skelton
Verse Adaptation by Adrian Mitchell
Directed by Anna Rebek
Stage Management by Jianqiao Lu
Dramaturgy by Emily Taplin Boyd

A group of patients in an 18th-century insane asylum are putting on a play about the French Revolution to impress an aristocratic audience of potential donors. When the play's call for freedom disrupts the asylum director’s notions of social progress, she brutally attempts to maintain control, as what unfolds reveals the ugliness of human behavior and the radical dream of a better future.

This visceral new exploration of Peter Weiss’ rarely-performed classic (whose unwieldy title is in full: 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) is helmed by Anna Rebek, a second-year Directing MFA Candidate, featuring original music, a live band, and a large ensemble cast.

Directed by Anna Rebek
Dramaturg: Emily Taplin Boyd
Composer & Music Director: Michael Wysong
Stage Manager: Jianqiao Lu
Producer: Emily Caffery

Orchestra: Michael Wysong (piano), Kevin Breuninger (electric bass), Isaac Beauchamp (ukulele), Harry Bainbridge (djembe), Linda Elizabeth (flute).

Featuring: Malcolm Opoku, Nick Trotta, Nate Janis, Erin Amlicke, Dolly Lewis, Jane Ives*, Kat Peña, Isaac Beauchamp, Aidan Hart, Alexander Settineri, Azad Fakhari, Emily Cordes, Emily Caffery, Ethan Jovanovic, Harry Bainbridge, Jane Kotlyar*, Jason Ballew, Jiexin Cai, Joyce Miller, Kelly Francis Erickson, Molly Revenson, Trevor Mulchay, and Zoe Zimin.

* Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association


Fri, April 19 & Sat, April 20 at 8 PM
Sun, April 21 at 2 PM


The Theatre @ Schapiro
Lower Level of Morris A. Schapiro Hall
605 115th Street, New York, NY


ADA: Please note The Theater @ Schapiro is only accessible by a flight of stairs or an elevator, which requires advance notice. For elevator access to the space, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance at or (413) 648-8046.


For mature audiences. This play includes content that may be unsettling. For more information, please email


Run time approx. 2 hours with a 10 minute intermission.
Admission is Free.


Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.


Columbia University School of the Arts 

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The Theatre @ Schapiro
605 West 115th Street
New York, NY 10025

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