The Exit Interview

by  William Missouri Downs

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 3f

“A rip-roaring send-up of Americanized Brechtian angst that had the audience howling.” - Stage Magazine
“The laughs keep coming — even as audience members might think with a twinge, "Ouch, that might be me." Some will no doubt be offended by one non-politically correct moment or another. But with luck, all will be forced to think.” - Orlando Sentinel

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    nnpn rolling world premiere
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Bertolt Brecht scholar Dick Fig has been terminated by his university and is having an excruciating exit interview with Eunice – a decidedly droll administrator. Downs' witty play ricochets through Brechtian interludes, a pair of politically-radicalized cheerleaders, a pompous newsman, communiques from God, and debates on religion, science and politics before reaching its surprising conclusion.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

“A rip-roaring send-up of Americanized Brechtian angst that had the audience howling.”- Stage Magazine

“The laughs keep coming — even as audience members might think with a twinge, "Ouch, that might be me." Some will no doubt be offended by one non-politically correct moment or another. But with luck, all will be forced to think.” - Orlando Sentinel

“A gleefully boundary-flouting riff on religion, piety and the limits of belief...William Missouri Downs’ bonkers theatrical carnival is to conventional plays what Burning Man is to a weenie roast. It’s like an elaborate, lovingly constructed spitball aimed at the idea of divinity...Downs’ vision for it is nothing if not ambitious; he shoehorns comedy and commentary about religion into a broader construct of questioning and messing with pat perceptions of reality, taking his cues from the work of the German theater icon Bertolt Brecht.” -  San Diego Union Tribune

"Downs’ rip-roaring send up ricochets with Brechtian interludes and a cast including a pair of deranged cheerleaders, a pretentious newscaster, soccer moms and German doctors—each addressing universal questions regarding facts, faith and fate in this timely, dark comedy that breaks down all the walls of logic and realism." LA Theatre Beat

"Who knew school shootings could be so much gosh darn fun? If you want to get your Brecht on, and have a rip-roaring time…” -Ed Rampell, Counterpunch.org

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    A theatre - The theatrical lights and bare walls of the stage are exposed. Scenes can be staged with as little as a few chairs and a desk – or, money allowing, a series of platforms. Whatever you do, never let the audience forget they’re in a theatre. Above the stage is a projection screen where scene titles appear. This projection screen represents god, and this play tilts away from realism.

  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

3m, 3f

DICK FIG - a young college professor with his leg in a cast; his PhD was on Bertolt Brecht
EUNICE - a pawn in the human resources department
ACTRESS #1 - CHEERLEADER #1, with pompoms; MARY, an oboe player and Dick’s ex-girlfriend; SAMANTHA, a mother with a baby carriage; BUSINESSWOMAN #2, an expert on underwear; and DR. DOBSON, PhD in religious studies from Yale
ACTRESS #2 - CHEERLEADER #2, with pompoms; MRS. MEREDITH, Mary’s mother; CHLOE, Eunice’s young assistant; A MAKEUP LADY, can make you look good; BETH, a mother with a baby carriage; BUSINESSWOMAN IN A BRA, an expert on bras; LADY NEWSCASTER, Foxy Fox Newscaster; ACTRESS #1, Bertolt Brecht announcer; and DR. KATTS, a distinguished scientist
ACTOR #1 - MASKED GUNMAN, who has killed ten people; ACTOR #1, Bertolt Brecht announcer; A PRIEST, A celibate; BUSINESSMAN #1, an expert on underwear; DR. HUBERT, president of the LDS Church; and HANK STARLING, a professional baseball player
ACTOR #2 - WALTER, Foxy Fox Newscaster; BUSINESSMAN #2, an expert on underwear; DR. JAEGER, a distinguished scientist; and ACTOR #2, Bertolt Brecht announcer

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

This play can be produced with a much larger cast.

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Authors

William Missouri Downs

www.williammissouridowns.com/   William Missouri Downs has won two Rolling Premieres from the National New Play Network (The Exit Interview and Women Playing Hamlet). He has also won numerous playwriting awards, twice been a finalist at the ...

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The Exit Interview received the lead Rolling World Premiere Production as part of the National New Play Network’s Continued Life for New Plays Fund at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF on Sept 29, 2012. It was directed by Patrick Flick.

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