Trapped in Hell
What do you imagine when you think of hell? Flames and steam? Devils, boiling the sinners in cauldrons? Tortures and screaming? On Thursday, April 16, AUBG students got to see a completely different representation of that place: a room with a sofa, two chairs, and a paper knife.
“No Exit” a play by Jean-Paul Sartre, directed by fourth-year student Valentina Stevanovic, was performed on the stage of the ABF Theater. It is a story of three strangers who meet on the other side after they die, or as they call it, “become absentees.”
Joseph Garcin (Nikola Mladenovic), Inez Serrano (Rozafe Maliqi) and Estelle Rigault (Angelina Markova) are brought into the same room by a mysterious valet (Amarildo Lleshi). The room has no fire or instruments of torture, neither does it satisfy other expectations one might have of Hell. It is equipped with some furniture but has no windows. The door is locked and the doorbell is broken.
The captives try to figure out the reason which brought them together. Struggling to find the answer, they gradually reveal the darkest deeds of their lifetime. Their relationship develops into a wicked triangle of hatred and affection towards each other. Soon, the answer to their question becomes clear. They are their own punishment. As Inez points out, each of them will be a torturer of the other two, forever.
When Stevanovic presented the play in the beginning, she said it was the most challenging project she and the cast have encountered so far. The efforts were worth it. The crew of four people managed to keep the audience on its toes throughout the whole time of the play. Their acting, combined with the dim light and spooky background music, made the whole theater hall experience the tense and eerie atmosphere of the room with no exit.
Photo credits: Maria Markina.