“In the Marquis de Sade, Robert Lepage has found an alter ego who, like him, is a slave to his passion. Moving!” Luc Boulanger, La Presse
The plea of a sinister, subversive soul
How far would you go to silence someone who deliberately harms living beings and undermines morality? In the hands of Robert Lepage and Jean‑Pierre Cloutier, Doug Wright’s masterful work about the role of the artist, censorship, and the power of suppressed desires is rendered as a dazzling game of mirrors … that reflect the figure of the Marquis de Sade.
The Marquis de Sade is confined in the Charenton Asylum, where the Abbé de Coulmier is trying to rehabilitate him. Under pressure from his chief medical officer, and tormented by the scathing tongue and pen of his inmate, the warden gradually descends into a barbarity even worse than the one he is trying to eradicate. Interweaving brilliant intellectual debate and distressingly brutal accounts, this eloquent condemnation of censorship unfolds in a stage setting where illusions multiply and overlap, framing a masterful performance by Robert Lepage.