Exit the King
March 06, 2015
Director: Guest Faculty Robert Quillen Camp
Scene Designer: Associate Professor Michael Olich
Costume Designer: Senior Thesis Candidate Kaylie Hatos
Lighting Designer: Staff Technical Director Matthew Robins
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THE LEWIS & CLARK THEATRE DEPT. ANNOUNCES SPRING 2015 MAINSTAGE PLAY AUDITIONS
for EXIT THE KING
Written by Eugène Ionesco • Directed by Robert Quillen Camp
WED JAN 21, 7PM & 8:30PM*
THU JAN 22, 7PM & 8:30PM*
*sign-up sheet posted on the Fir Acres Theatre Lobby bulletin board
PERFORMANCE DATES: FRI & SAT MAR 6 & 7; THU, FRI & SAT MAR 12, 13, 14
IN ADVANCE: PLEASE READ THE FULL TEXT OF EXIT THE KING ON RESERVE under TH 351.
We will be performing a slightly different text, but you should become familiar with the published play. The audition will consist of reading sides and monologues that will be available during the first week of classes as well as some improvisation. Please don’t hesitate to email any questions to email@example.com.
about EXIT THE KING
Somewhere in an unnamed country, a king is dying.
The absurdist playwright Eugène Ionesco wrote the witty, raucous, and ultimately deeply moving play Exit the King in 1962 after suffering a serious illness in his middle age. He wrote that the illness and the fear that it provoked prompted him to see if “one could learn to die.” More than anything else, Exit the King is an attempt to come to grips with the inevitability of death. But it is at the same time a play that celebrates life, delighting in all of its ridiculousness, preposterousness, and fragile beauty.
In this production, in addition to the characters of the King, his first wife Queen Marguerite (to be played in a thesis performance by Emily Hodgson), his second wife Queen Marie, the attending Doctor, the maid Juliette, and the royal Guard, there will also be cast Three Ushers who, in addition to serving as the production’s ushers, will perform the role of a chorus.
Through the creation of a rich and strange dying world, realized in the scenic design by Associate Professor Michael Olich, the lighting design by Staff Technical Director Matthew Robins, the thesis costume design by Kaylie Hatos, and the projection design by Trevor Sargent, this production will highlight the particular resonance of this play for our own time in the parallels that Ionesco draws between the inescapable death of the self and the threat of total environmental collapse. At the same time, we will invigorate Ionesco’s text with a joyful, careening theatricality, reveling until the curtain finally, inevitably, comes down.