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Sunday, October 1, 2023

Civic Theatre Underground presents “No Exit”


Evansville Civic Theatre will present “No Exit” at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, in its third production in the 2014/2015 Underground Series.

“No Exit,” written by Jean Paul Sartre, gives a unique portrayal of the afterlife where “hell is other people.” Three strangers are locked together in a room in hell where they believe they will await their eternal punishment. They soon figure out that hell is much more calculating and has put them together to serve as each other’s tormenters. The show will be performed in the round to give audiences a complete view of the “room” as all the drama plays out.

The show will feature new and returning actors from Civic Theatre, with Jim Hunter, Heather Burton, and Andrea Hulsey playing the three strangers, and Gennie Adams playing the part of “bellhop” who ushers them all in the room and locks them together forever. Civic Theatre regular, Matt Hummel, will direct the show.

Hummel performed as the “bellhop” as part of a senior classmate’s directing class in the theater program at the University of Evansville. “That was seven years ago, and I’ve wanted to do a full production of ‘No Exit’ ever since,” says Hummel. “I can’t wait to see the gallery at the Arts Council transform for this production.”