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Exit the King

City Garage, Suite TI
Run of Show: May 31 - July 14th

City Garage presents Ionesco’s Exit the King

 A deluded king. A failing kingdom. Two squabbling queens vying for his attention. An obsequious doctor. A dim-witted but loyal guard and a mouthy servant. In Eugene Ionesco’s darkly comic masterpiece we witness the final hours of megalomaniac King Berenger the First. His monstrous ego has kept him alive for four centuries, but now, Queen Marguerite calmly informs him, the time has come to die. Berenger fights tooth and nail. He rages, pleads, denies, bargains, supported by the lovely and loyal Queen Marie. But Queen Marguerite, coolly efficient, aided by her henchman, the doctor, draws the king relentlessly closer to his final moment on earth.  At once broadly comic and deeply unsettling, the play alternates between Monty Python-style slapstick and haunting echoes of Shakespearean tragedy. In this, the most Beckett-like of all Ionesco’s work, we follow an existential journey into the most terrifying landscape of all: our own mortality. In a new translation by City Garage founders Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe.

Link to photos with caption info:

Special preview on Friday, May 31st at 8:00pm with complimentary champagne;

Opening night Saturday, June 1st at 8:00pm. 

Production Title:                                             Exit the King

Author:                                                              Eugene Ionesco

Translated by:                                                Frédérique Michel & Charles Duncombe

Director:                                                          Frédérique Michel

Producer/Production Designer:              Charles A. Duncombe

Champagne Preview:                                   Friday, May 31st, 2019

Opens:                                                             Saturday, June 1, 2019

Performance Schedule:                              May 31 – July 14, 2019

                                                                        Fridays, Saturdays 8:00pm; Sundays 4:00pm

Closes:                                                             Sunday, Jul 14, 2019

Admission:                                                        $25.00, Students/Seniors w/ID $20.00

                                                                        Sundays: “Pay-What-You-Can” at the door only

Box Office/Information:                         (310) 453-9939

Online purchase:                                 (link: Brown Paper Tickets)

Directions:   City Garage is located at Bergamot. Take the 10 West to Cloverfield Exit.  North on Cloverfield to Michigan Ave. Enter the Main Gate. Building T1 is at the west end of the parking lot at the 26th St. gate. Go Metro and take the Metro Expo Line to 26th St/Bergamot Station. City Garage Theatre is right across the street from the station. Plan your trip on or call 323.GO.METRO (323-466-3876).

Fourth Weekend Q&A:

Informal discussion with the cast, crew and director Sunday, June 23rd,  after the 4:00pm performance.

 This project is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission.

City Garage at Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave., Building T1 • Santa Monica, CA  90404
tel. 310-453-9939  • •