A Studio Series Production
September 27 - October 21, 2012
The Studio Series takes news works introduced at PlayFest! The Harriett Lake Festival of New Plays to the next level. Audiences favorites are hand-selected and developed into full productions. Your input is vital to the extended life of new plays.
Mandell Studio Theater | By William Missouri Downs | Directed Patrick Flick |
NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK ROLLING WORLD PREMIERE
A comic look at existential uncertainty and metaphysical isolation
The Big Three—Religion, Sex and Politics—are the big targets of hilarity in one of the funniest and smartest contemporary comedies in years. Dick Fig is getting the hatchet from an unctuous HR pawn at a nameless university. His exit interview gets off to a rocky start when a masked gunman rampages through the campus. Downs' witty play ricochets through Brechtian interludes, a pair of politically-radicalized cheerleaders, a pompous newsman, and two German doctors debating science and religion on C-SPAN before reaching its surprising conclusion.
Content Advisory: The Exit Interview contains strong language and mature themes. Those who do not have a healthy sense of humor on the topics of religion, sex, and politics may find portions of this play offensive. Recommended for adult audiences only.
"Making its world premiere in a fascinating Orlando Shakespeare Theater production, the play tackles big issues such as faith and the nature of humanity with edgy verve. Did I mention it's a comedy? An extremely funny comedy?... And the laughs keep coming..." - Matt Palm, ORLANDO SENTINEL
"The Exit Interview...currently getting big, deserved laughs at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater." - Steve Schneider, ORLANDO WEEKLY
"This show is funny and edgy, loud and crass, and about as coherent explanation of why I stopped listening to televised news as anyone could give." - Carl F. Gauze, INK 19
"The Exit Interview is brilliant! Incredible script. Wonderful actors. Seamless timing. You will be thinking about it long after you've gone home.
Now where is that collage I made…." - Chere F.
"Just got home from The Exit Interview at Orlando Shakes and it was outstanding! Don't miss it!" - Jim C.
Post-Show Talk Backs
Stay after the show on September 27, 28, and 29 for a Talk Back with the playwright, William Missouri Downs, as well as the cast and crew.
After the performance and Talk Back, join us for a party in the lobby at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. The party is FREE to all ticket holders and includes hors d'oeuvres provided by Two Chicks and a Pot. No RSVP necessary.