"No Exit", video still, 2009

"NO EXIT" is a contemporary chamber opera version of Jean Paul Sartre‘s politically charged play, written during the Nazi Occupation of Paris, and first performed in 1944. Andy Vores composed the music; direction by George Cederquist (Yale, Northwestern, Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre); and feature performances by soprano Susan Nelson as “Estelle,” mezzo-soprano Caitlin McKechney as “Inez,” tenor Herb Lenz as “Garcin”, and baritone Peter Weathers as “Valet.” Art Direction by Catherine Forster, who created a 2-channel video projection lasting the duration for the play, creating an extension of the stage into the audience.