Next Thursday through Saturday, The Secret Theatre at 4402 23rd Street in Long Island City will present No Exit: A New Jean-Paul Sartre Experience, directed by Tom Basis and featuring art by VCS senior Zeke Decker. The project includes a new adaptation of Sartre’s 1944 Existentialist play, performed within a gallery environment designed to expand on both the story and the process of staging it.
The production’s web site offers information on tickets and showtimes, as well as this description:
A new adaptation of the classic has been skillfully re-imagined from a single story, into a full experience. This depiction of the afterlife is fully explored through a play, within a gallery, within a film. A story in which three deceased characters are locked in a room together for eternity, waiting for their torturer. As they begin to probe at each other’s sins and memories, they dreadfully find out Sartre’s most famous quotation, ” Hell is other people.”
Come get in on the Secret of the full NO EXIT experience. Enter a Gallery of photos, telling their own story of how this production came to life. Experience the depth of the three character’s through life like portraits depicting their individual “Hell” within. Enter the theater and explore the room called Hell for yourself. Find out all the hidden traps that are set up for them to fall into, for eternity. Then, sit down, lights up, and watch the dead come to life for a fully realized, tri-colored production on NO EXIT.
You can also see a short video about No Exit: A New Jean-Paul Sartre Experience at the Kickstarter page that was used to help fund the project, and a few more details about its creation at this description on the theatre website offoffonline.
During his time at SVA, Zeke has also been involved in other off-campus art projects. You can read about one of them at this VCS blog post from last summer.