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Exit Laughing Opens June 9th

Dear Steven,

When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years is your weekly bridge night out with “the girls,” what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, three Southern ladies from Birmingham, you “borrow” your friend’s ashes from the funeral home on bridge night, so she doesn’t have to spend her last evening alone in the funeral home. And that simple act of enduring friendship leads to the wildest, most exciting night of your lives, including a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you’re truly living.

With a plot like that, it’s no wonder Exit Laughing is an AACT NewPlayFest award-winning show.

“It’s a fun, funny and touching play,” said director Karen McCarty.

“While this small-cast comedy will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter, it also has a simple but important message,” McCarty added. “Don’t let life’s moments pass you by. Make sure you enjoy living to the fullest, so when your time comes, you can exit laughing.”

We are also excited to announce that for the first time since re-opening, Pentacle Theatre will now be serving beer and wine at our concessions counter!

Enjoy a cold beer, sip on a glass of wine, or even try one of our Exit Laughing themed wine-cocktails!

You can purchase a drink before the show or during intermission, and you can even enjoy your beverage in the auditorium.

Exit Laughing, a hilarious, award-winning comedy, opens June 9 and runs through July 1 at Salem’s Pentacle Theatre, directed by Karen McCarty and sponsored by M&D Cabinets. Learn more here.

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We are looking for volunteers to usher, run concessions, and bartend for Exit Laughing. To thank you for your time, hospitality volunteers get to enjoy the show the night you volunteer.

Interested in joining the Hospitality Guild?

Sign up here!

Join us for a celebration of diversity and inclusion at Salem Downtown Pride 2023!

Date: Saturday, June 17th, 2023

Time: 10am-6pm

Location: Downtown Salem (Court Street in front of the Capitol for the march and State Street between Liberty and Commercial for the party).

Hosted by: Individual organizers from downtown with support from Capital Pride and the Salem Main Street Association.

Start your Pride celebration off with a commemorative March celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first Pride march in Salem, followed by Pride Yoga, Live Performances, and more throughout the day! Checkout the event page for more information.

We are looking for volunteers to sit at our booth and represent Pentacle Theatre.

Interested in picking up a shift?

Contact Steven Trahan at

Auditions for Tony Award winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder July 8


What: Open auditions for the Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, with music by Steven Lutvak, lyrics by Lutvak and Robert L. Freedman, and book by Freedman. Directed at Pentacle Theatre by Loriann Schmidt.

When: 1 p.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, July 8.

Where: Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Avenue NW, off Highway 22 about 6 miles west of downtown Salem.

Casting call: Casting five lead actors and 6–10 ensemble actors. Ensemble actors play a variety of roles, including featured solos.

For detailed information, please visit the audition announcement on our website.

Help Wanted!

We are looking for help hanging up posters for our shows around town. Distribution of Exit Laughing is underway, and soon it will be time for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. If you have a few hours to dedicate every couple of months, it is a great way to get your steps in and log some easy volunteer hours - not to mention you'll be supporting us in a big way.

Interested in hanging up posters?

Contact Kimberly Houser Taylor at

Our Very Best,

Emma Thurston |

Governing Board President

Steven Trahan |

Operations Manager


PO Box 8271, Salem OR 97303
Office Phone: 503-485-4300
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