Roman Viktyuk has already addressed the subject of artist vs. power in several of his works, i.e. The Master and Margarita, Salome or King Harlequin. Now, Viktyuk shares a different perspective on this theme in Andrey Maksimov’s play Marquis de Sade’s Masquerade. Will the character succeed to get out of the hands of “the high and mighties”, avoid the temptation to be “one of them”, stand side by side and enjoy the same privileges?
Cast and Characters
Marquis de Sade
The fate of the controversial Marquis, who spent 17 years in prison and ended his life in a hospital for the insane, is an ideal material to look at the relationship of creator and power, inevitably causing an analogy with today’s time. In Roman Viktyuk’ production de Sade (Dmitry Bozin), his beloved Lacoste, a fanatical revolutionary Justina, Inspector Mare and other characters are solving the philosophical and everyday questions of sexual liberation to the music of The Tiger Lillies, while the performance is torn in a range of emotions from homeric laughter to tragic pause.