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Quills

ISBN-10: 0822215314
ISBN-13: 9780822215318
Edition: N/A
Authors: Doug Wright
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Description: THE STORY: Doctor Royer-Collard, head of Charenton Asylum, is visited by Renee Pelagie, wife of theasylum's most notorious inmate, the Marquis de Sade. Furious that her husband's sadomasochistic pornography has tarnished her reputation, she offers  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.00
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

THE STORY: Doctor Royer-Collard, head of Charenton Asylum, is visited by Renee Pelagie, wife of theasylum's most notorious inmate, the Marquis de Sade. Furious that her husband's sadomasochistic pornography has tarnished her reputation, she offers the Doctor any amount of money, if only her husband can be kept from writing. After confiscating the Marquis' quills and paper, the Abbe de Coulmier is surprised to find lascivious new stories circulating in public. The source? A lusty young seamstress named Madeleine has been smuggling material out of the asylum. Immediately, the Abbe bars the girl from seeing the Marquis, but ever resourceful, the Marquis pens his stories on his bedclothes in wine, blood and worse. Driven to a fury, the Abbe strips bare the Marquis and his cell, leaving nothing but stone and straw. Undaunted, the Marquis devises a fantastic plan to whisper his stories from lunatic to lunatic, until Madeleine can pen them down—but the last lunatic, in whose cell Madeleine crouches, mutilates and kills the girl in response to the Marquis' grisly tale. A riot ensues, nearly destroying the asylum, and as the second act unfolds, the Abbe is driven to increasingly desperate acts to silence the Marquis: the removal of his hands, feet, genitals and eventually his beheading. Wracked by guilt, the once humane but now murderous and sexually deviant Abbe is committed to his own asylum where he finds himself crying out for a paper and pen with which to record his own newly arisenperversions. In the last scene, the boxes containing the body parts of the Marquis tremble with pleasure. One hand snakes loose from its box...and begins to write.

Doug Wright plays include The Stonewater Rapture, Interrogating the Nude, Dinosaurs, The Rorschach Child, Lot 13: The Bone Violin, and a musical Buzzsaw Berkeley, written with Christopher Ashley and Michael John LaChiusa. Productions of Mr. Wright's work have appeared at the Yale Repertory Theatre, the WPA Theatre, and Lincoln Center Theater, among others. Television credits include pilots for producer Norman Lear. He received a bachelor's degree in art history from Yale University in 1985 and an MFA in playwriting from NYU in 1987, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

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