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No Exit

No Exit

October 27th-November 7th, 2010

Written by: Jean-Paul Sarte

Directed and Designed by: Barry Cavin

Show Times: Wednesday through Saturday performances at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm

Description: Jean-Paul Sarte's No Exit is one of the best-known examples of post-war existential theatre.  Even though the play has been performed for more than sizty years, it continues to examnine relevant issues that impact the daily choices we make and it continues to warn us about the dire outcome of unexamined life.  The play reminds us that desire is created by things we think we cannot have; rare gems, power, fame, the attention of an aloof would-be lover, and that need flows from our misperception that things matter, that the world cares for us, and that others should do as we do.  We are alone in an indifferent world only to be distanced by the constructs of language and social custom.  We have traded our sensuous connection with the natural world for terminal compartments populate by those things slightly beyond our reach-our tormentors.  As Mephistopheles says, "Why this is Hell, nor am I out of it."


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