We are Back!


by Jean-Paul Sartre
translated by Paul Bowles into English

9th – 13th November/ Brotfabrik Bonn-Beuel

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After a two-year absence, thanks to COVID-19, The Bonn Players are back performing!

No Exit, a play in the English language, finds three recently deceased strangers locked together in a living room in Hell. As they pass the time waiting for the torture to begin, they slowly come to realize that not all is as it appears to be.

Today’s audiences can quite likely relate to many of the central themes and questions of this play to the experience of having been in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The most obvious parallel is that of being locked in a room without the possibility of leaving. Not to mention, the characters experience the passage of time in Hell differently than on Earth, and who among us didn’t lose track of the days at some point during lockdown?

But on a deeper level, in the absence of society’s pressures and constraints, the characters are forced to reckon with the fact that the things upon which they had based their entire lives no longer hold any importance in death. As the world went into lockdown, many of us began to question some fundamental assumptions upon which our society and economy are based, in the absence of the normality that held it all together. For the characters of No Exit, these realizations come too late. The question for us is, as we approach a return to normality, will we take the opportunities presented to us now to make changes to our lives on a personal and societal level? Or will we let ourselves fall back into the same old traps?

The play premiered in 1944 as Huis Clos, and was later translated by Paul Bowles into English. Fans of Sartre’s philosophical writings will recognize No Exit as a vehicle for his Existentialist beliefs.

** Brotfabrik Corona Information **

Access to our events is only possible for those who have been fully vaccinated, those who have been tested (the test may not be older than 48 hours at the end of the event) and those who have recovered from a covid infection.
Please bring proof of immunization or test as well as an official identification document.
The general mask requirements apply everywhere on the event site/ in the building, except at your seat.

For your & our safety:

• We are currently allocating a maximum of 80 out of 135 possible seats in the theater
• the ventilation in the theater is designed for 200 people
• all stage-employees are immunized by vaccination
• we recommend wearing medical or FFP2 masks, also at your seat
• please adhere to the „AHA” rules (distance, hygiene, mask)


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