XACT Theatre Presents Auditions for

No Exit

By Jean-Paul Sartre

Directed by Mike Taint

Auditions: Monday and Tuesday January 8 and 9 2024 at 7pm at Xenia Area Community Theater (X*ACT), 45 East Second Street, Xenia

Performances: March 1-3 & 8-10, 2024

A 1944 existentialist French play by Jean-Paul Sartre. The play was first performed at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in May 1944. The play begins with three characters who find themselves waiting in a mysterious room.


Auditions are Monday and Tuesday January 8 and 9 2024 at 7pm at Xenia Area Community Theater (X*ACT), 45 East Second Street, Xenia.

Auditions consist of cold readings. Email the director ( for the audition sides if you’d like an advance copy. Monologues not required (but we’ll be glad to hear it if you wish).
Can’t make the audition dates? Email the director for another option.
Please bring all schedule conflicts from January 11 through March 10
An actor’s CV or biography is HIGHLY recommended.
Rehearsals will be Tuesdays through Thursdays, 7 – 9:15 pm at X*ACT. Note: Valet will normally have only 1 rehearsal per week
All roles are open.
There is some very light touching and one small bit of stage combat (stabbing) planned. All of this, of course, will be done with the actor’s full consent. Some productions of this play are rather explicit (undressing, fondling) – this is NOT the plan here. This play is about ideas and dialog, not stage action. Feel free to email the director if you have any questions or want more details.
For all questions, please contact the director, Mike Taint at
Performances are March 1 – 10, 2024


Two women and one man are locked up together for eternity in one ordinary looking room in Hell, with no way out. The irony of this Hell is that its torture is not the traditional “fire and brimstone”, but of the humiliation of each soul as it is stripped of its pretenses by the cruel curiosity of the other two damned. It is an eternal torment. Now almost a century old, Sartre’s morality play remains a masterpiece of Existentialist Theater


Ages listed are ages the actors need to be capable of playing
All 4 roles are open to all ethnicities.
Joseph Garcin (some translations as “Vincent Cradeu”)

Lead. Male. 30ish to 50ish A journalist from Rio who arrives in hell after having been shot twelve times for refusing to fight in an unnamed war; he is cowardly, self-centered, and often cruel.

Estelle Rigault

Lead. 30ish to 50ish A wealthy socialite who is in Hell for infanticide. She relies on her looks to manipulate others; she is vain, shallow, and desperate for attention.

Inez Serrano

Lead. Female. 30ish to 50ish A manipulative and sadistic postal worker; she is blunt, abrasive, and fiercely independent. She is in Hell for seducing a married woman which results in a murder/suicide

Valet (“Boy” in some translations)

Supporting. Male or Female or Nonbinary. 20ish and up An enigmatic figure who acts as jailer for the three damned.