Next at Weekend Theater – Sartre’s NO EXIT

No Exit at The Weekend Theater in Little Rock, ARJean-Paul Sartre’s existential World Ward II era play No Exit is the next offering at the Weekend Theatre.

If you’ve asked the question, “Why am I here?” or “What is my purpose?” then this play is for you. Sartre attempts to answer the age old question, “What happens after life?” in his New York Drama Critics Circle winning play, No Exit.

Imagine yourself in a room with two people whom you’ve never met. There is no darkness, only light. Each of your thoughts and actions affect the other. You reflect on the past while seeing the present in a world you are no longer a part. Is this Heaven or Hell? You decide. Come see how three souls deal with the afterlife and each other in this dark dramedy.No Exit

This production is from a script adapted from French by Paul Bowles.  Directed by Tommie Tinker, the play runs Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm through January 31.  There may not be an exit in the play, but the production will exit with the month of January.

Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for students & seniors.  Tonight (January 17) is “Roll-Back Saturday Night” with a $2 discount from the regular price.

The cast includes Kayla Esmond, Claudia Moskova-Cremeens, Jacob Sturgeon and Brittany Cook.


THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE continues at Weekend Theater

Beauty-Queen_smThe Lortel and Tony winning dark comedy The Beauty Queen of Leenane continues its run at the Weekend Theater tonight.

Written by Oscar winner Martin McDongah, this play is set in the mountains of Connemara County, Galway, Ireland and tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying dénouement.

Director, Deb Lewis, explains that she chose to direct The Beauty Queen of Leenane because, “It’s a very intriguing story; it touches people on a lot of emotional levels. Everybody has experienced some kind of abuse in their lives . . . this play will resonate with people. Abuse is sadly pervasive, and my hope is that through this story people will be more aware of what’s going on.”

“It’s got love, comedy, violence, tragedy, sex . . . There’s everything in this show. ” Explains actor Tommie Tinker. “It’s like a dark, absurdist thriller,” adds actor Jacob Sturgeon. In summing up the play and the struggles the characters face, actress Amy Young says, “No matter how bad things are, it can get worse.”

The cast features Amy Young, Elizabeth Reha, Tommie Tinker and Jacob Sturgeon.

The show plays at 7:30 tonight.  It will also be performed on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6.