PSU Students Perform Marat/Sade April 15-18

April 13th, 2010 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H.–Plymouth State students in the Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Director of the Marquis de Sade, also known by the abbreviated title Marat/Sade, March 15-18 in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Marat/Sade is the story of the imprisonment of the infamous Marquis de Sade for endangering public morals. The prison/asylum allows the patients to perform plays as therapy, so the Marquis sets out to dramatize the murder of French Revolutionary Marat. With a cast of sociopaths, schizophrenics and narcoleptics, the play is a wild celebration of insanity and a terrifying re-enactment of historic events.

Guest Director Sharon Lajoie, a PSU alumna, is an interdisciplinary artist with an MFA from Goddard College. She has been an actress, director and undergraduate professor in the state for the past 30 years. For 15 years she cultivated and ran the N.H. State Prison Players/4th Wall Theatre Project, the theatre company at the N.H. State Prison for Men. She has also studied and trained at the world renowned Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Mass.

Lajoie says, “Great plays have the ability to move up and down the timeline of humanity. The questions inherent in the play resonate fully in all the ages that have been and those yet to come. Marat/Sade is a great play.

The questions buried inside of it begged for release during the time when the play takes place. They begged for release when the play was written 46 years ago and continue to beg for release today. And if humanity does not awaken soon, the questions will continue to plague us in the future.

Themes such as the equitable treatment of all humans, war and its necessity, capitalism, the role of religion in society and the nature of humanity are all examined, argued, defended and defeated throughout the play. The answers of how to move forward in a world that continues to struggle with these issues will be in the minds, hearts and souls of the audience members who come to see the production.”

The 22-member cast is a cross section of PSU students from first-years to seniors.

PSU faculty Matt Kizer is the lighting designer and Danee Grillo is the costume designer. Matt Whiton, an alumnus of PSU’s theatre design program is the scenic designer. He earned an MFA from University of Georgia and is currently employed at the Lyric Stage, Boston.

Performances are April 15-17 at 8 p.m., April 17 at 2 p.m. and April 18 at 3 p.m. The production is appropriate for mature audiences.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869.

The cast includes:

Samantha Bagdon, a first-year theatre major from Madbury

Joshua Coleman, a senior theatre major from West Yarmouth, Mass.

Ariel Couture, a first-year theatre major from New Boston

Kristopher Hanks, a sophomore theatre major from Penacook

Katie Lenhart, a junior theatre major/dance minor from Norwich

Curtis Jackson, a senior theatre major from Strafford, Pa.

Shaylah Kelly, a sophomore psychology and theatre arts major from Meredith

Colin Malette, a senior theatre major from Hudson

James McEnerny, a sophomore theatre major from Middlebury, Vt.

Luke Meierdierks, a first-year theatre major from St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Abbie Morin, a sophomore theatre major from Laconia

Daniel Otero, a first-year theatre major from Meriden, Conn.

Lauren Patterson, a junior theatre major from Barre, Vt.

Jamie Perkins, a sophomore theatre major from Newbury

Allison Porter, a sophomore theatre major from Middleboro, Mass.

Thato Ramoabi, a senior theatre and business major from Khubetsoana Village, Lesotho, Africa

Anna Smith, a sophomore theatre major from Manchester

DJ Spinelli, a junior psychology, Sandown

Brad Dumont, sophomore music major from Rochester

Eric St. Cyr, a junior theatre major from Hampstead

Ryann Willard, a sophomore music education major from Chesnee, SC.

Staff includes:

Stage Manager: Samantha Setayesh, a sophomore theatre major from Island Pond, Vt.

Assistant Stage Manager: Alexandra Fischbein, a first-year theatre major from New Britain, Conn.

Assistant Director: Sarah Umberger, a junior theatre major from Concord

Assistant Costume Designer: Mellissa Mattucci, a junior theatre, Bridgton, Maine

Choreographer: Katie Lenhart

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