Artwork for Exit the King

In a nod to President-Elect Barack Obama's inauguration earlier that week, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley heralds its 2009 season with Eugene Ionesco's timely masterpiece "Exit the King" opening on Friday, January 23rd at our Live Oak Theatre. "Exit the King" chronicles the absurd and tragic King Berenger as he unwillingly faces the last day of his life and his kingdom. Through February 21st, Fridays and Saturdays. Special show Thursday, February 19th only. All shows 8pm. General admission $12, Seniors/Students(w/I.D.) $10. Order tickets online at or reservations at (510) 649-5999.

Making his directing debut with Actors Ensemble, Jerome Solberg has performed in several AE productions including "Working," "Twelfth Night," and "Uncle Vanya." Mr. Solberg has also had a hand in designing music for past shows including "Hedda Gabler," directed by Stanley Spenger, as well as donning a producer's hat in several shows for AE, among them "True West" directed by Paul Shepherd and Stanley Spenger's production of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead."

Born in Romania in 1909, Eugene Ionesco studied French literature and taught French until writing his first play, "The Bald Soprano," when he was 40 years old while trying to learn English. Considered a literary stand-in for Mr. Ionesco, King Berenger appears in four plays, including "Exit the King," which premiered in Paris in 1962. Elected into the Academie Francaise in 1970, Mr. Ionesco wrote more than twenty plays during his lifetime, most notably “Rhinoceros,” until his death in 1994.

When: January 23rd - February 21st, Friday and Saturday, 8pm. Thursday, (February 19th only) 8pm.

What: Play - "Exit the King"

Who: Actors Ensemble of Berkeley

Where: Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Avenue (@ Berryman) in Berkeley

Public Info: (510) 649-5999

Admission: All shows - $12 General Admission; $10 for Seniors and Students (with I.D.). To order tickets online, go to To reserve tickets, call (510) 649-5999.

Contact: Eric Carlson (510) 525-7511;
Jerome Solberg (510) 220-5443;

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