The Exit Interview
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
"The Exit Interview" may be one of the most up-front, honest plays you ever sit down to watch. – The Salt Lake Tribune
“This fearless, delirious comedy undermines the typical theatre experience in search of an answer to the age-old question: do things really happen for a reason?” - Philadelphia Magazine
“William Missouri Downs’ bonkers theatrical carnival is to conventional plays what Burning Man is to a weenie roast.”
- San Diego Union Tribune
The Exit interview is a comedy staged with Brechtian Alienation Techniques - The actors break into song in the middle of scenes and interrupt the main action to put on different plays in order to “alienate” the audience.
Untenured professor Dr. Dick Fig has found that a PhD on Bertolt Brecht isn’t worth much – He’s being pink-slipped. The last thing he needs to do before he hits the slow-moving unemployment line is attend the University’s required exit interview. Eunice, the interviewer, is not a good match for Dick, she finds comfort in self-help books like book The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, while Dick hates small talk and is a vocal freethinker.
When a despondent student begins shooting up Ronald Reagan Hall (next door to the action), Dick and Eunice are forced to take cover as they confront the great existential questions of life: What is its meaning? What is the relationship between religion and science? And why does God hate amputees? (Dick had his foot amputated in a tragic moose accident – it was reattached).
The Exit interview is not realism - A chorus of actors play nearly two dozen roles that interrupt the main action to tell the story of Dick’s failed relationships, his fallout with small minded people, and his relationship with the moose. When things get too intense, the chorus stops the action of the play to stage commercial interruptions and ten-minute plays with other story lines in order to remind the audience that they are in a theatre and need to keep thinking.
(6 to 12 actors)
Winner of a Rolling Opening from the National New Play Network