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EXIT THE KING
Eugene Ionesco

Directed by Jerome Solberg
January 23 through February 21, 2009

"Norman Macleod's King Berenger is a marvelous act to behold." — The Daily Californian

"Over the top Surrealist burlesque alternates with emotional, almost maudlin scenes" — The Berkeley Daily Planet

"This production provides an amusing mixture of light-heartedness and gravity." — San Francisco Bay Times

Pioneering the Theatre of the Absurd is not unlike founding the Donner Pass, as very few will ultimately trickle through and several will eat each other up in he process. Along with Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco did help shepherd in the Theatre of the Absurd, but, as with any other survivor, he did it warily, looking over his shoulder the whole time and calling his creation "the Theatre of Derision." In his Exit the King we are witness to the last few hours of King Berenger as he unwillingly faces the end of his reign, the end of his kingdom (driven into the ground, quite literally, through narcissism, neglect, and incompetence - sound familiar?) and, ultimately, the end of himself. Just like in life, the end is foreseeable far in advance, but it's how you get there that counts. Join us as we throw in our lot with Ionesco at the height of his powers, wending us through the absurd twists and turns of a man who simply refuses to face the facts.

Opens Friday, January 23rd. Performances Fridays and Saturdays January 23rd through February 21ss at 8 pm, plus an extra showing Thursday, February 19th at 8 pm.


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Cast
The King Norman Macleod
Queen Marie Satya Soleil Starr
Queen Marguerite      Beth Chastain
The Doctor Alecks Rundell
Juliette Melanie Curry
The Guard Jose Garcia
Crew
Director Jerome Solberg
Set Design Shu Ping Guan
Set Construction Bob Gudmundsson
Assistant Set Design Phoebe W. Lam
Costume Design Helen Slomowitz
Light Design Alecks Rundell
Sound Design Phil Ramey
Producer Roger Schrag
Stage Manager Jose Garcia
Assistant Stage Manager      Ezodin Towfigh
Publicity Eric Carlson
Consultant George Marchi
Lobby Display Martha Luehrmann
 

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  Queen Marguerite (Beth Chastain) foretells the future of King Berenger (Norman Macleod) in Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco. Opens January 23rd and runs through February 21st, Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm at Live Oak Theatre. Special show Thursday, February 19th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $12 or $10 for seniors/students (with ID). To order tickets, go to www.aeofberkeley.org or call for reservations at (510) 649-5999. Photo by Eric Carlson.
Queen Marie (Satya Soleil Starr) seeks to comfort King Berenger (Norman Macleod) in Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco. Opens January 23rd and runs through February 21st, Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm at Live Oak Theatre. Special show Thursday, February 19th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $12 or $10 for seniors/students (with ID). To order tickets, go to www.aeofberkeley.org or call for reservations at (510) 649-5999. Photo by Eric Carlson.  
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  Caught in a triangle with Queen Marguerite (Beth Chastain) and Queen Marie (Satya Soleil Starr), King Berenger (Norman Macleod) senses the end of his reign in Actors Ensemble of Berkeley's Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco. Opens January 23rd and runs through February 21st, Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm at Live Oak Theatre. Special show Thursday, February 19th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $12 or $10 for seniors/students (with ID). To order tickets, go to www.aeofberkeley.org or call for reservations at (510) 649-5999. Photo by Eric Carlson.

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