Wednesday, March 1, 2017
DERRY – At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, theatre KAPOW continues its season of comedies with “Exit the King” by Eugène Ionesco, at the Stockbridge Theatre of Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St.
Ionesco's darkly hilarious play makes fun of all the things that tragedy usually takes seriously, to wit: For 400 years, King Berenger conquered his enemies, building a vast kingdom with millions of subjects. He even controlled the weather. But Father Time catches up with everyone. Now his kingdom is crumbling, his vast armies have gone, all that is left is less than a thousand elderly subjects. Even the palace washing machine has been pawned. Now his Royal Highness must bow to Father Time, but he is having none of it, in this hilariously dark and witty comedy.
“I read this play several years ago when we first considered it,” said Peter Josephson, tKAPOW's Board President and the actor playing King Berenger. “I looked at it again last spring when we selected it, and worked on it over a long weekend in early November at the Michael Chekhov School. But only now that we are playing with it in earnest has the existential absurdity of our situation, and the complete absurdity of human pride, really hit home.
“Mark Twain said, 'Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.' In tKAPOW's exploration of the human condition it's important to be reminded of just how ridiculous human beings are. We are so serious, it's funny. And we are so funny, it's a little sad,” Josephson said.
“Exit the King” is directed by Matt Cahoon and features an ensemble of Carey Cahoon, Rich Hurley, Paige Lussier Johnson, Peter Josephson, Emily Karel and Jimmy Stewart. Longtime tKAPOW collaborator Tayva Young will be providing the lighting design.
Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students. For tickets or more information, visit www.tkapow.com.
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