MMU presents two one-acts together in 'A Night of Existential What?' – opening April 29

Mount Mercy University’s drama department will present “A Night of Existential What?” for its annual spring drama production, April 29–30 at 8 p.m., and May 1 at 2:30 p.m. in McAuley Theatre.

“A Night of Existential What?” combines two of Western literature's best known short existential plays: Sartre’s classic “No Exit” and Christopher Durang’s “The Actor’s Nightmare.” The two one-acts tackle what it means to live and die as a human.

“It’s important for us to, from time to time, think deeply about who and what we are, where we have come from and where we are going,” said Jason Alberty, drama coordinator. “Is our existence only to feed and procreate, or is there something greater for us to do?”

Both plays explore the conundrum between reality and perception, where the dream is real and reality a dream. Often humorous, sometimes painful, and always thought-provoking, these two plays will give the audience much to discuss and laugh about.

Alberty feels we live in an age where almost anything can happen. This spurs many questions with uncertain answers in relation to our understanding of personal existence and purpose.

“I think it will be fun for people to see both a humorous take and then a dramatic take on ideas of our existence,” Alberty said. “It is a well-rounded evening.”

For more information on the production visit

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased over the phone at 319-363-8213 ext. 1229, in Student Services located on the second floor of the Sisters of Mercy University Center or online at

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