An Analysis and Performance of the Inmate Playing Charlotte Corday in Peter Weiss' Play "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade"

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Theatre, arts, play, Weiss, performance, play-within-a-play


Creative Writing | Performance Studies | Playwriting | Theatre and Performance Studies


This paper serves as only part of my honors thesis. The rehearsal and performance of the role of an inmate patient playing the part of Charlotte Corday in Peter Weiss' play, MARAT/SADE, make up the remaining portion.

This paper is a collection of the research and study I felt was necessary to perform my role in this play-within-a-play. The chapters concerning the French Revolution and Charlotte Corday are by no means in-depth accounts of history. They are merely sketches of the chaos, corruption and violence reflected in the play, and of the resulting passionate ideals which festered in the mind of a romantically mad woman. These chapters, as well as the chapter discussing Weiss and his play, are included to give the reader the historical and emotional background necessary to a better understanding of the play and of my characterization.

The purpose of this paper is to illustrate how helpful and necessary my research was for the creation of a believable character on stage.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Theatre Arts

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