King Berenger clings to life like he clung to his scepter, but one-by-one his faculties, staff, and two wives are taken from him until he has no choice but to die, as we all must, alone. But will he die at peace? Ionesco’s Exit the King is an absurdist but compassionate exploration of acceptance as the ultimate act of grace. This vibrant new production, directed by EXIT Theatre artist-in-residence Stuart Bousel, shows us how to look Death in the eye, laugh in Death’s face, and go quietly into the long night whether we’ve lived gracefully or not.
Since 1987, EXIT Theatre has produced or hosted more than 20 productions of Ionesco’s work, and for many years, EXIT was home to a regular season of absurdist works. Exit the King marks a triumphal return to the playwright who’s inspired so much of EXIT Theatre’s artistic direction, for over 30 years.
With Don Wood, as King Berenger, Christina Augello, as Queen Marguerite, Mikka Bonel, as Queen Marie, Valerie Fachman, as Juliette, Justin Lucas, as the Doctor, and Ron Talbot, as the Guard. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.