ASC Theatre "No Exit" opens March 30

(03-19-2010)

According to Paul Wurth, "No Exit", is a "play we can learn by." The adjunct instructor of theatre is directing the Adams State Theatre production and he is pleased with the opportunity. "No Exit is right up my favorite genre alley. I am used to directing darker plays."

The play is a 1940s existential depiction of hell. "The characters in the play made self-oppression choices which lead to shame and guilt, and are now dealing with those decisions. I believe the audience will leave with the idea they still have the time to change their lives, to make it right," Wurth said.

Along with a cast of four, three student musicians are providing sound for the production. "I am heading up the sound design. It is an important part of the production," Wurth said. The play is showing in the Xperimental Theater, the "strangest space" Wurth has ever worked in. "It provides so much opportunity to experiment and be creative."

He has enjoyed working with the Adams State theatre students. "They want to learn and their minds are open." That also applies to their attitude in class. "I am teaching three classes and all the students, from freshmen to seniors welcomed me with open arms." Professors of Theatre Drs. Paul Newman and John Taylor have also been supportive. "We enjoy a friendship and comradre that came automatically. I am learning, as the younger professor, so much from them as well."

Wurth received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University with a master of fine arts and theatre pedagogy. He said directing and teaching are not antithetical. "My experience here is wonderful. I am just out of graduate school and have this great opportunity to teach and direct."

Tickets for "No Exit" go on sale March 22. "Everyone should see this play; not every play you see gives back," Wurth said.

The play opens at 8 p.m. March 30 in the Xperimental Theatre; and continues through April 3. Call 719-587-TIXX for reservations. Tickets are $9 for general public, $7 for seniors and students, and free to Associated Students and Faculty.

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By Linda Relyea