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EXIT THE KING

WRITTEN BY Eugène Ionesco

DIRECTED BY Jordan Friend

January 15-22, 2016

ABOUT

“I’ll die, yes, I’ll die all right. In forty, fifty, three hundred years. Or even later. When I want to, when I’ve got time, when I make up my mind.”-King Berenger I

 

King Berenger is going to die. The planets are colliding, his kingdom is quite literally ripping apart at the seams, and everyone in the court has either ditched or died, save for one hapless guard and one tragically overworked maid. The doctor has concluded that all of these signs point to only one conclusion: the ailing 400 year-old monarch clearly has only two hours left on earth, and his passing must take place exactly at the end of the play. His young, beautiful wife is an emotional wreck. His older, disillusioned wife just wants to get it all over with. There is only one problem: the king will have none of this “dying” business. As the clock ticks, Berenger manically attempts to dodge the fate that awaits him, as his wives war with each other over how best to let him pass. Ionesco’s masterful tragicomedy is the pinnacle of absurdism: touching, hilarious and surreal in equal measure.

PRESS

"Exit the King is an intimate theatergoer’s performance paradise. You can touch the actors, feel their dying breath, and get knocked in the knees when they fall. If that’s not enough reason to check it out, then see them for the pure audacity of it: young theatre artists plus a rarely done great play equals a theatre group with a future."

-Robert Michael Oliver, DC Metro Theatre Arts

If the prospect of a royal leader grappling with his demise sounds like a downer of a premise, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the downright zany humor – veering into the slapstick realm – that pervades the production. Macabre the subject may be, this is a capital “C” comedy that offers plenty of big laughs along with its unsettling reminders.​

-Daron Christopher, DC Theatre Scene

CREATIVE

CAST

 

Ahmad Kamal

KING BERENGER I

 

Morgan Sendek

JULIETTE

 

 

Kate Owens

QUEEN MARGUERITE

 

Nick Byron 

DOCTOR

 

 

Caroline McQuaig

QUEEN MARIE

 

Curt Gavin

GUARD

CREW

 

Jordan Friend

DIRECTOR

 

 

Maya Barkey 

STAGE MANAGER

Susannah Clark 

DRAMATURG

Charles Patrick Derrickson 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Paul Alan Hogan

COSTUME/MAKE UP DESIGN

Aria Nawab, Anne Donnelly, Jordan Friend

SCENIC DESIGN

SHOW INFORMATION

Run Time: 100 minutes, with no intermission

 

The Classroom at Woolly Mammoth – 641 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

MEDIA

listen along to our playlist inspired by the play!

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