New York City
Themes of violence, sex and persuasion fill the tales that drip from the ink-laden quills of the notorious Marquis de Sade. Nothing can stop him, locked away in the Charenton lunatic asylum because of his licentious habits and scandalous literary works. Deprived of his pen, paper and ink, de Sade continues to write against all odds, and resorts to more desperate stratagems (bearing dreadful and peculiar results.) Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Doug Wright wields his own lacerating pen to cackle fiendishly at the self-righteous gatekeepers of morality. By turns witty, ironic, shocking and lyrical, Quills is a highly theatrical exploration of love and art and the responsibility of self-expression. Raw, wickedly funny, often disturbing and sometimes even sentimental, this play is a provocative theatrical experience for mature audiences.