Exit the King

ExitTheKing_200w_skullExit the King
by Eugene Ionesco
translated by Donald Watson
directed by Stuart Bousel
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St, SF
March 16 - April 7, 2018

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? Directed by Stuart Bousel, Ionesco’s celebrated Exit the King returns to EXIT Theatre in a vibrant new production that 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.
EXIT-Don_Wood_04Don Wood (King) : Bay Area actor for 34 years. Huge fan of EXIT Theatre. In a show or in the audience, it always feels like home. Most recent show in January of Mugwumpin's "In Event of Moon Disaster" at Z-Below. Other recent plays are Sam Shepard's "Ages of the Moon" at Berkeley City Club, Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" at Shotgun Stage, and Conor McPherson's "The Seafarer" with Hawkmoon Theatre Co.
Stuart Bousel (Director) is the Artistic Director of San Francisco indy theater company, No Nude Men Productions, the Executive Producer (and founder) of the San Francisco Olympians Festival (declared by the Guardian to be “Theater Festival Most Likely to Win A Gold Medal” in 2013), the Hospitality Coordinator for the San Francisco Fringe Festival/EXIT Theatre, and the Director of New Work Development for Custom Made Theatre Company. He was the Executive Director (and co-founder) of the San Francisco Theater Pub (winner of the Guardian’s “Best of Bay” in 2011), the Publicist for DIVAfest, and served as the chair of the Individual Services Committee for TBA. He has directed a number of plays for Custom Made, including M. Butterfly, The Merchant of Venice, Prelude to a Kiss, The Crucible, Grey Gardens, Six Degrees of Separation, The House of Yes, and The Lion in Winter. Other directing credits include Edward II, Phaedra, Love’s Labors Lost, Hamlet, and The Desk Set all with No Nude Men, Measure For Measure, Dick 3, and Taming of the Shrew with SF Theater Pub, the world premiere of Morgan Ludlow’s Ruth and The Sea with Wily West Productions, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and The Frogs for Atmostheatre/Theatre In the Woods, and Bag of Dickens at Killing My Lobster. He directed the world premieres of Nirmala Nataraj’s The Monk and The Book of Genesis: Re-mixed and Remastered, as well as Susan Sobeloff ’s Merchants and Allison Luterman’s Oasis, all for No Nude Men. As a playwright, his work has been produced in New York, Dublin, Portland, Tucson, Melbourne, Seattle, Chicago, and San Francisco. His play Vincent of Gilagmesh was a nominee for the 2001 MAC Award; his play Matthew 33:6 was a finalist for the Sky Cooper Award in 2007; and his play Wild Blue Peaks was a finalist at HUMANA in 2002. He co-wrote the John C. Cosgrove Award winning short film Insomnia in 2000, and his play Everybody Here Says Hello! (produced by Wily West Productions) received the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding World Premiere in 2014, and was nominated for Best Original Script by the Bay Area Critics Circle in 2015. He has three times had work featured in the Bay One Acts Festival: Housebroken in 2010, Speak Roughly in 2011, and Brainkill in 2012. He adapted the novel Giant Bones, by Peter S. Beagle, in 2010, and the memoir Rat Girl, by Kristin Hersh, in 2014 (also nominated for Outstanding World Premiere, TBA Awards). His play Pastorella was nominated for the 2015 Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding World Premiere and additional works, Adventures in Tech (With Pillow Talk On The Side) and Twins received premiere productions at PianoFight, and Gone Dark at Otherworld Theatre Company. He is the recipient of the SF Weekly’s “Ringmaster Award” in Best of the Bay 2013, and his other work includes penning the online short film Wish U Were Here for Hosteling International, the novel Dry Country, the libretto of the short opera Devil’s Deal for Opera Theatre Unlimited, and co-editing two collections of new work by Bay Area playwrights, Songs of Hestia (2012), and Heavenly Bodies (2014), both published by EXIT Press, each including a full-length play by him: Juno En Victoria and Hyperion To A Satyr, respectively. With Megan Cohen he co-founded the monthly Bay Area writer/actor meet up Saturday Write Fever. His Bay Area acting credits including the Actor's Theatre of San Francisco (Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol), The EXIT Theatre (Confessions of a Catholic Child), The Bay One Acts Festival (Future of the Female) and The Custom Made Theatre Company (Chess). More information about his work can be found at http://www.stuartbousel.com
exit-valerieValerie Façhman (Juliette) is thrilled to perform in an Exit production, having acted with the Fringe, Olympians Festival(s), DivaFest, No Nude Men, etc. So happy to work with Stuart again, her fave auteur (Pastorella), & the adorable Don Wood (Shotgun's 'Our Town'). Val's inhabited King Lear, Ophelia, Gertrude, Alma ('Summer & Smoke'), Widow Begbick ('Mann ist Mann'), Chantal & Arthur ('The Balcony', 2 different companies) & more. She recently wisecracked through Custom Made's 'How I Learned to Drive".
exit-ron-2Ron Talbot (The Guard) is thrilled to be returning to The Exit and to be working with this amazingly talented group of artists. Favorite roles include: ’Twins’ (Zeus) for Piano Fight, 'Enemy of the People' (Thomas Stockman) for Pear Theatre, 'Romeo and Juliet' (Friar Lawrence) for Los Gatos Shakespeare, ‘The Philadelphia Story’ (C.K. Dexter Haven) for Western Stage, 'The Three Musketeers’ (Rochefort) and ‘Lysistrata’ (Socrates) for City Lights, 'Twelfth Night' (Sebastian) for Marin Shakespeare, 'Much Ado About Nothing' (Don John) for Pacific Repertory, and ‘Taming of the Shrew’ (Petruchio) for San Leandro Shakespeare.
exit-cmaChristina Augello (Queen Marguerite) has been performing since grade school. Her favorite roles are complicated, independent women who make their own choices, god or bad! Some of these include the Baroness Elsa von Freitag-Loringhoven, the Mama of Dada, in LAST OF THE RED HOT DADAS, the grifter turned social worker Bertha in BOXCAR BERTHA, Grace O'Malley , the Irish Pirate Queen in A MOST NOTORIOUS WOMAN, the courageous and outrageous actress Betty Hutton in RAT GIRL, the salty Regina Fredrickson in CONFESSIONS OF A CATHOLIC CHILD,the regal Elizabeth I in Clive Barker's PARADISE STREET, where one critic compared her performance to that of Judy Dench, Bettie Davis and Flora Robson and most recently as the most complicated woman she knows - herself - in DENIAL IS A WONDERFUL THING, her solo storytelling show for which she was recently awarded Best Storyteller at the United Solo Festival in New York.
exit-mikkaMikka Bonel (Queen Marie) has performed, directed, choreographed and produced works in San Francisco, Oakland, England and the north bay. Growing up she studied the classics; Shakespeare, opera, ballet and musical theater. After a four year hiatus at 20, she returned to the stage eager to explore experimental, devised and movement based theater. She thanks her husband deeply for his astounding support and her baby girl, Satya, for making life so much richer and complex.
exit-justineJustin Lucas (The Doctor) Well known in the Bay Area as a stand up comedian, Justin Lucas, a San Francisco native, has performed at Cobb’s, The Punchline, and the legendary Purple Onion. He also works as a voice-over artist, and has been seen in musical comedies; he collaborates and performs with a local sketch comedy group; and appeared in the HBO series, Looking. Justin’s many stage roles include Theater Rhino’s Stuart/Tim in The Habit of Art, and Ron in Breaking the Code, his most recent role being Harold Dobbs in Proof for the Pacifica Spindrift Players.
Ryan Lee Short (Sound Designer) is excited to be returning to the EXIT after 2016’s PARADISE STREET. He is a veteran of Stuart Bousel shows, dating back to 2012’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at CMTC. While not designing sound for Stuart, his noises and music can be heard at NCTC, SF Shakes, and every once in a while Off-Broadway. By day he’s building and schlepping sets for Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Thanks to Stuart, Sara, Amanda, and the rest of this wonderful cast and crew! Love to Laura!
Sara Barton (Stage Manager) works as a Stage Manager, Production Manager and Technician in the Bay Area. Some of her recent productions include Camp KML with Killing my Lobster and Kilgallen/Jones with The EXIT Theatre. Sara can also be found clowning around Circus Center each month for the Circus Center Cabaret Shows.
Mary Naughton (Set Design, Properties Design) Mary graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Fine Art. She has worked primarily as a production designer and art director, while also holding many art department roles on a variety of projects in the US and Ireland. Mary Is delighted and excited to be working with Exit theater again and the opportunity to collaborate with another great and talented team! Previous shows at the Exit Include Clive Barker’s Paradise Street ,directed by Stuart Bousel, Kilgallen/Jones by Allison Page,directed by Ellery Schaar and A Life On The Ocean Wave,directed by Stuart Bousel.
Margery Fairchild (Movement and Staging Consultant) is the Artistic Director of Dark Porch Theatre which she founded in 2005. She has been making Theatre in the Bay Area for 15 Years and won 2011 Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for outstanding achievement in playwrighting for her original Musical Eleanor. She was a 2016 TBA award nominee for her choreography in The Awakening for The Breadbox Theatre. She is honored to be working with her Exit Family again and exploring the poetic and wild World of Ionesco with such a talented group of artists.
Cody Rishell (Graphic Design) has been working as a graphic artist in the California Bay Area theatre scene for the last decade, working with theater companies like Atmos Theatre, San Francisco Theater Pub, CentralWorks, Custom Made Theatre Co., PianoFight, EXIT Theatre, and Anton's Well Theater Company. He studied illustration and design at the Academy of Art College and has had work exhibited in Corciano, Italy and San Francisco, California. He's always open to working with new theater companies when he is not playing games, reading art books, and sketching whatever comes into his head.
Lindsey Eifert (Costume Design) is a Bay Area native and graduate of CalArts. She is a costume designer based in the SF who has worked here, London, and Los Angles. Past works include Isaac’s Eye with The Custom Made Theatre Co, Caeneus and Poseidon with Dragon Theater, The Twins with PianoFight, SF Playoffs with Exit Theater, Man of La Mancha with Custom Made Theatre. Upcoming shows The Congresswomen with Exit Theater, Outspoken with New Conservatory Theatre Center. To learn more about her work visit Lindseyeifert.com
Amanda Ortmayer (lighting designer, production manager) has been the Production Manager of the EXIT theatre and the SF Fringe Fringe Festival for the past 14 years. In addition to that she has been a set and light designer for several companies in the bay area. She has had the opportunity work with DIVAfest, Foul Play Productions, RIPE, Theater Pub and the Olympians Festival. Amanda is very excited to work on such a wonderful play with so many folks that she loves.