NATCHITOCHES — A student-led production of "No Exit" by Jean-Paul Sartre will be presented at 7 p.m. March 9-10 in the Black Box in the Center for Performance and Technology on the campus of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.
Charlie Roppolo, a senior from Denham Springs, chose to direct "No Exit" because during his junior year Jeff Thomakos, former director of theater at LSMSA, staged an absurdist play.
"Thomakos spent a while talking about the differences between absurdism and existentialism," said Roppolo. "He said that 'No Exit' was an amazing representation of existentialism.
"Ever since then, I have been extremely interested in the play. I read it a few times, and it just really clicked with me. It gives a good message to readers and audience members. The message being actions have consequences and we make our own fate. I am really excited on how it is going to turn out."
"No Exit" is a 1944 existentialist French play. It begins with three characters who find themselves waiting in a mysterious room. It is a depiction of the afterlife in which three deceased characters are punished by being locked into a room together for eternity. It is the source of Sartre's especially famous and often misinterpreted quotation "Hell is other people," a reference to Sartre's ideas about the look and the perpetual ontological struggle of being caused to see oneself as an object from the view of another consciousness.
The cast includes Hannah Miller, a senior from Baton Rouge, who plays Estelle Rigault.