(Carson, Calif.) California State University, Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) production of Jean Paul Sartre’s 1944 existentialist play “No Exit” explores how human interaction can reveal who people truly are and the debt they owe to themselves because of it. The show opens March 1 at 8 p.m. and will run multiple dates through March 17 in the CSUDH Edison Theatre.
“No Exit” is set in the afterlife, where two women and one man are sentenced to live together for eternity. They are forced to face their earthly misdeeds and discover the true meaning of Hell. There is no torturer or fire and brimstone. There is only their own guilt to punish them. It is in“No Exit” that Sartre coined the phrase, “Hell is other people!”
What: “No Exit”
When: March 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16 at 8 p.m., and March 3, 10, and 17 at 2 p.m.
Where: University Edison Theatre, California State University, Dominguez Hills,
Tickets: $18 for general admission, and $13 for students and senior citizens. Click here for tickets or call the box office at (310) 243-3589 for other payment options. The play is intended for a mature audience.
“We live in the age of social media where appearances are more important than ever, and who we are is decided by strangers based on what we present to them,” said Holmes. “Even though this play was written in the 1940s, it’s still incredibly relevant because humans will always strive to fulfill their need to belong and be accepted.”
Produced by CSUDH’s Department of Theatre and Dance with Shonni Holmes, a university alumna and theatre arts faculty member, “No Exit” is the department’s third theatrical production of the 2018-19 season. The play contains some adult language and situations and is intended for mature audiences.
The CSU Dominguez Hills Theatre and Dance program may be reached at (310) 243-3588, or visit: www.csudh.edu/theatre-arts/.