Knox brings existential comedy to stage

Knox College Theatre will perform Eugene Ionesco’s “Exit the King,” directed by Neil Blackadder, associate professor of theater. The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. nightly May 11-14 in Harbach Theatre, Ford Center for the Fine Arts.The king’s resistance to an otherwise unsurprising pronouncement — his own mortality — is the starting point for Ionesco’s 1962 philosophical comedy about our relationships to living and dying. While King Berenger once ruled over millions of people, by the time of the play, his kingdom has shrunk to fewer than a thousand aging subjects. His court is far from impressive: a guard, a maid, and a doctor who also serves as astrologist and executioner. One of the king’s wives comforts him, while the other urges him to face the truth.