The Loras Players, the theatre production arm of Loras College’s Division of Communication & Fine Arts, present No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, adapted from the French by Paul Bowles, Thursday–Saturday, May 5–7 at 7:30 p.m.
Three strangers are locked up together for eternity in one hideous room in Hell. There are no windows, 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.
“We’re all very excited to fully re-open our stage to the campus and public,” Ryan M. Decker, assistant professor and director of theatre, said. This is the first completely realized full-length production the Loras Players have undertaken since global pandemic cancelled their spring 2020 production of She Kill Monsters. Public health protocols had significantly hampered live production. “While we’re all proud of the modified productions and creative undertakings of the recent semesters, returning to what we do best has been recharging.”
The cast includes senior Jake Heelein (as Cradeau), first-year Ellie Coleman (Estelle), and first-year Artie Kerchmar (Inez), with first-year Jackson Heller (the bellhop). Decker directs and designs the production with co-scenic design by guest artist Gene Lund, stage management by junior Lilly Feltes and production assistance by sophomore Ellie Stine. Stine and Heller also understudy the cast.
No Exit runs Thursday–Saturday, May 5–7 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph Auditorium, Hoffmann Hall on the Loras College campus. General admission is $10; Loras-affiliated admission is free.
To learn more about No Exit and the rest of the Loras Players’ season, visit loras.edu/loras-players or like the Loras Players on Facebook.