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Expression Productions Presents a Double Bill
05/26/09 at 21:56:08
Expression Productions Presents a Double Bill:HELLUVA NIGHTTwo critically acclaimed one acts:  NO EXIT by Jean Paul Sartre & TAPE by Stephen Belber NO EXIT- Three darned souls are brought to
the same room in hell by a mysterious valet. As they  
expect medieval torture devices to punish them for
eternity, they eventually realize that the punishment is
going to be far more cruel and unusual.  The three of
are forced to confront and interrogate each other in
this hell of a game where at the end the main torture
may be facing your own true self.
TAPE- The action is set entirely in Vince's
room at the Motel 6 in Lansing, Michigan. Vince, an ill
te mpered outgoing party animal/drug dealer, is visited
by his old high school friend Jon, a documentary
filmmaker.  As they reminisce about the good old
days, things take a turn when Vince records their
conversation which includes Jon admitting to a
possible date-rape of Amy, Vince's old high school
girlfriend.  Later, when Amy shows up, she opens a
new wave of talk and arguments about whose story is
fact and whose is fabricated.
Also Presented: Photo Exhibit Lightning in
A solo exhibit of new works by Stacy
Where: ROYCE GALLERY: 2901 Mariposa
Street SF,
CA 94110
When:  May 30th  - August 15th Thursday -
Saturday at 8pm. half-price previews May 28 & 29th
Tickets :$40 for double bill or $25 per
show .
Buy on-line at or
via phone at 866-811-4111 student, senior & group
discounts available
Group discount requests can be made via
NO EXIT Cast: Diana Brown, Carole Swann,
Esterlis and Giancarlo Campagna
TAPE Cast: Don Keenan, Tim Meehan and
Emily O'Keefe
Graphic Design- Liz Seibert
Photos & Production Management: Stacy
Music Consultant: Ilya Esterlis
Produced & Directed by Andrey Esterlis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~About Playwrights (brief bios):
Jean Paul Sartre- Born in Paris in 1905,
philosopher, existentialist, writer and dramaturge,
author of "Being and Nothingness", "Huis Clos", "Les
Mouches", "Les Mains Sales","La Nausee" "Critique of
Dialectic Reason","Les Mots" for which he received, in
1960 the nobel prize that he declined.
Sartre was a professor of philosophy when he joined
the French Army at the outbreak of World War II.
Captured by the Germans, he was released, after
nearly a year, in 1941. He immediately joined the
French resistance as a journalist. He joined the
Communist Party (PC) because of the need to take
active part in the fight for the proletarian.
His existentialist philosophy, proposes no god, no
ethic, no moral, and was meant to be a cleaning of the
old secular values, where god is replaced by some
ethical statements; and completely denied the
existence of some kind of rules or clues to behave.
The solution, was the subject being conscious of his
position towards the world, and the good faith, whose
former question was "what would happen if all acted
this way" The decision of the subject in good faith, and
freedom, was the real act of man.
In the postwar era, Jean-Paul Sartre, became one of
the most influential men of this century. He died in
Paris in 1980.
Stephen Belber -  Stephen was born in
Washington D.C. He studied philosophy as an
undergraduate at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and
moved to New York at the age of 25. There he
unwittingly moved in with a roommate with AIDS, and
helped nurse him for two years until he died. He held
a variety of jobs including waiter, substitute teacher,
and wire service operator for the United Nations. Plays
include Match (Broadway), McReele (Roundabout
Theatre Company), Tape (Naked Angels,
NYC/LA/London), One Million Butterflies (Primary
Stages), Drifting Elegant (Magic Theatre), The
Transparency of Val (Theater Outrageous, NYC), The
Wake (Via Theater, NYC), Through Fred (Soho
Repertory Theatre), and The Death of Frank (The
Araca Group, NYC). Mr. Belber wrote the screenplay for
Tape, directed by Richard Linklater (Sundance and
Berlin Film Festivals). He is a member of Tectonic
Theater Project and was an Associate Writer (and
actor) for The Laramie Project, later made into an HBO
movie (Emmy nomination for screenwriting). He is a
graduate of Juilliard's Playwrights Program, and has
received commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club,
Playwrights Horizons, Huntington Theatre Company,
Arena Stage, and Philadelphia Theatre Company. His
television credits include "Rescue Me" and "Law &
Order: SVU" (staff writer). Mr. Belber is currently
working on several film projects, including a film of
Drifting Elegant.About Expression Productions:
Expression Productions is an independent production
company. Our artistic style and script selection are
based on several simple principles: We favor small-
cast and/or short form material as we feel they allow
for a
more informal, close communication with an
audience, and tend to have higher density of thought
and action. We like to be a channel for powerful
voices: we'd rather express and found a strong
opinion than stay ethically neutral and politically
correct. We believe in the essential goodness of living
beings, and are committed to carefully exploring and
speaking for their fundamental interests.
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