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NO EXIT

Jean-Paul Sartre

Premiere:
Duration:

November 11, 2024
70 min

CAST

Joseph Garcin
Valet

Inèz Serrano

Estelle Rigault

Boris Kerč

Gal Oblak

Tjaša Železnik

Diana Kolenc

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Dramaturg

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Costume designer

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Photographer

Eva Mahkovic

Jaša Koceli

Eva Mahkovic

Darjan Mihajlović Cerar

Branka Pavlič Guček

Miha Petric

Boštjan Kos

Mankica Kranjec

Tomaž Božič

NO EXIT

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Garcin, Ines and Estelle are dead. They find themselves in a strange room with no windows, a locked door and a doorbell that doesn’t function. A mysterious valet tells them that they will stay there forever. They soon realise they are in hell, condemned to eternal cohabitation and psychological torture. None of the trio can shy away from their own past, they are constantly under each other’s scrutiny, searching fruitlessly for consolation and trying to absolve themselves of guilt.

Jean-Paul Sartre, the philosopher, playwright and novelist, is one of the most prominent intellectuals of the 20th century. He is one of the founders of existentialist philosophy, which he established after his return from German captivity in his work Being and Nothingness (1943).


The philosophical one-act play No Exit was first staged in 1944. The existentialist thesis is that man is defined solely by his actions. Everyone is free to decide how to act in life and is therefore morally responsible for one’s actions. However, the individual is not completely free; his freedom is limited by other people. The famous quote “Hell is other people” can be understood both in terms of one’s struggle with one’s own feelings of guilt, bad conscience and responsibility for their evil deeds, and in terms of one’s responsibility towards one’s fellow human beings.

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