• Maquette for _Lear & Exit the King_

    Maquette for Lear & Exit the King
    Set design by Patrick Peachy-Higdon (SC3)

Graduating class performances


Lear and Exit the King

Lear by Young Jean Lee
Exit the King by Eugene Ionesco
Directed by Brendan Healy (pictured)

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from February 27 to March 4, 2017

You are welcome to attend the preview on Monday, February 27, which is open to the public.

Monday February 27: 8 pm

Tuesday February 28: 8 pm

Wednesday March 1: 8 pm

Thursday March 2: 8 pm

Friday March 3: 8 pm

Saturday March 4: 3 pm


Ludger-Duvernay Theatre

1182, St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal
St. Laurent or Place d'Armes Metro


Tickets will be available at the door only, on a first-come, first-served basis, starting 60 minutes before each performance. Appreciate the play and pay what you think is appropriate on the way out!

Reservations can be made for groups of 15 or more (fees apply). Please contact Stéphanie Brody at sbrody@ent-nts.ca or 514 842-7954, ext. 165 for information.


Exit the King is an absurdist drama by Eugene Ionesco that premiered in 1962. It is the third in Ionesco’s “Berenger Cycle”. Berenger appears as a depressed and insecure everyman who is prone to sentimentality. In Exit the King, he is the solipsistic and belligerent King Berenger the First who was apparently at one point able to command nature and force others to obey his will.

Lear by Young Jean Lee is a collision between Shakespeare’s King Lear, Sesame Street, and Young Jean Lee’s own take on the theme of dealing with a father’s mortality, Lee’s Lear focuses not on the aging Lear and Gloucester, but rather on their adult children who turned their backs on their fathers’ suffering. An absurdist tragedy about familial piety, despair, and the end of life.

The double bill focuses on the absurdist “tradition” and the form as a political response to the times.


Brendan Healy is a director and theatre artist. He is the current Artistic Director of Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Canada's largest national theatre festival. He has won the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding direction in 2011 for Blasted. Other directing credits include Entertaining Mr. Sloane at Soulpepper, The Silicone Diaries and Arigato, Tokyo at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Brendan was Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto, the largest queer theatre in North America, for six years. He graduated from the National Theatre School's Directing program in 2005.

2017 Graduating Actors

Bartlomiej Demczuk
Déjah Dixon-Green
Elena Ellwand
Josephine Jones
Yousef Kadoura
Roland Meseck
Rachel Mutombo
Niko Ouellette
Justin Shaw
Gabriella Sundar Singh
Athena Trinh
Gregory Waters

Design Team

Judy Wensel
Assistant Director

Patrick Peachey Higdon
Set Design

Jessica Poirier-Chang (Set and Costume Design, 2006)
Costume design

Frank Donato
Lighting Design

Marc Lavallee
Sound Design

James McCoy
Video Design

James Lavoie
Set Design Coach

Robin Brazill
Set Design Assistant

Kita Mendolia
Set Design Assistant

Design/Production Team

Tori Morrison
Production Manager

Daniel Bennett
Technical Director

Brandon Hepworth
Stage Manager

Gloria Mok
Hannah Kirby
Assistant Stage Managers

Rebecca Durocher
Crystal Chettiar
Assistant Technical Directors

Jessie Potter
Head Carpenter

Rebecca Durocher
Crystal Chettiar
Assistant Technical Directors

Haylee Tucker
Head Electrician

Meghan Froebelius
Head of Video

Martin Nishikawa
Head of Sound