“Vores’s seductive and scary score is a wonder of musical invention.” — LLOYD SCHWARTZ, NEW YORK ARTS
Three strangers are ushered into a room, only to realize that they are destined to spend the rest of their miserable eternity confined together in close quarters. Based on Jean-Paul Satre’s 1944 existentialist play, NO EXIT offers a simple yet diabolical vision of the afterlife, in which the tools of torture are rooted not in physical pain, but in the frailty of human vanity, spite, jealousy, and self-delusion. In its West Coast premiere, Andy Vores’s chamber opera brings musical inventiveness and dark humor to Satre’s text, and breathes fiendish life into its assertion that “Hell is other people”.
Approximate running time is 90 minutes with no intermission. Sung in English with supertitles in both English and Spanish.