'Exit' House Teams Forming

Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 8:24am

Curtain Players on Friday May 4 will open its production of Exit the King at the 5691 Harlem Road playhouse, and volunteers are needed to be house managers, ushers, parking lot attendants, and concession clerks for the eight-performance run.

Volunteers may sign up for performances at 8 PM Fridays-Saturdays May 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19, with 2 o’clock matinees Sundays May 6 and 20. There is no performance Sunday May 13, Mother's Day.

The approximate 90-minute production is staged without intermission as playwright Eugene Ionesco intended. The production is recommended for audiences ages 13 and older.

A Curtain Panels audience talk back session is scheduled for after the Sunday May 6 matinee.

In Ionesco's most accessible Absurdist drama, it's King Berenger's dying day and also the last day of the universe. Everything is falling apart – from his own palace to the very physics of the solar system. Will his commands to restore order be enough? Or will we fade into the mist?

Players may field questions about the theatre’s volunteer program and sign up for Exit the King house staff positions by e-mailing Debb Miller at volunteer@curtainplayers.org Miller is the board member in charge of the theatre’s volunteer program.

House staff must be 18 years of age or over, with the exception of ushers, who may be as young as 16 years of age.

The house staff jobs are important ones, as these volunteers have the responsibility to be hosts to patrons and to be caretakers of the theatre at performances from before the house opens, during the performance and intermission, and until the theatre closes for the night. Volunteers should note that many performances last season at the playhouse were near or completely sold out.

Curtain Players provides job descriptions to volunteers ahead of time. Curtain Players also encourages those who have worked in these positions to return and to be guides for new volunteers, thereby building the theatre’s network of experienced team members.

As a thank you, Curtain Players provides members of its house staff seats for the performance without charge.