The Time in Marat/ Sade by P. Weiss

Time is an essential element of the dramatic work. The play is part of the duration, there are events that last a certain time, during intermissions, and behind the scenes at the same time as on stage. Of course, we must recognize that the notion of time in the theater is very complex. It isdifficult to grasp in a single concept. In general, in the theatrical genre, we find two or even three temporalities. The scenic present which represents the dramatic time, the continuous time, of the representation, then the time of spoken fiction, the time described by the word and the story, finally the time of the performed action. In other words, we distinguish between the time of representation, that of spoken fiction and finally that of the represented action.