Part of the Piccolo Spoleto Stelle Di Domani series. Doug Wright’s Quills is a provocative exploration of artistic expression and its consequences. Set in post-revolution France, it explores the last days of the Marquis de Sade. This production contains periods of nudity and adult language. (2 hrs.)
WHAT IS IT? Doug Wright’s play imagines the final days of the Marquis de Sade in a French asylum. The show is presented by students at the College of Charleston’s Theater Department, as part of Piccolo’s Stelle Di Domani Series. Imprisoned for his controversial literature, the randy-man de Sade constantly sought creative freedom. The play was the basis for the critically praised 2000 film of the same name that starred Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix, and the dentally-grotesque Geoffrey Rush.
WHY SEE IT? Our literature isn’t so oppressed these days, but censorship and a plague of prudes reemerges every few years. Fortunately, we’re warning you far, far in advance that this is a show with nudity in it. You hear? Naked people acting! What’s to become of us!
WHO SHOULD GO? Anyone who thought Jane Austen’s work could use a few more naughty parts. Not for the Handy Manny crowd. And remember what we warned you about nudity? It’s got adult language, too. (Greg Hambrick)