Student to Direct Existential Drama

October 29th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

The Mask and Hammer Theatre Club at SUNY Oneonta will present “No Exit,” an existential drama written by French philosopher and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre, at the college’s Hamblin Theater. Performances are slated for 8 p.m. on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 and 2, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 3.

“No Exit” is an extraordinary depiction of afterlife, illustrating what Sarte called “the look”—the constant struggle, usually brought on by the presence of another, of viewing oneself as an object to be viewed or to view other objects. It follows the mysterious Valet who leads three deceased souls—first Garcin, then Inez, and finally Estelle—into a lone room with a locked door. It doesn’t take long before the characters realize that they are in hell. Expecting torture and punishment, they are surprised to realize that damnation is spending eternity with one another.

SUNY Oneonta junior Chris Mackin directs “No Exit,” which has been funded by the Student Association. All performances are open to the public. Tickets cost $5, or $2 with a valid student ID, and may be purchased on campus at the Hunt Union or online at