New Muses Theatre Company is showing a one night only staged reading of Jean Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” on July 2 at 7 p.m. This pay-what-you-can performance was adapted from the French by Paul Bowles and is directed by Katelyn Hoffman.
Sartre’s existentialist play is summarized as follows: Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in hell. The windows are bricked up; there are no mirrors; the electric lights can never be turned off; and there is no exit. The irony of this hell is that its torture is not of the rack and fire, but of the burning humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the damned. Here the soul is shorn of secrecy, and even the blackest deeds are mercilessly exposed to the fierce light of hell. It is an eternal torment.
The cast includes Ethan Bujeaud, Gabriel McClelland, Jenna McRill and Jefri Peters. Set and lighting are done by Niclas Olson with sound by Bethany Bevier. Tickets are available at the door at Dukesbay Theater, 508 67th Ave., Tacoma. For information visit www.newmuses.com.