Exit, Pursued by a Bear

by Lauren Gunderson
Nan has decided to teach her abusive husband Kyle a lesson. With the help of her friend Simon (acting as her emotional -- and actual -- cheerleader) and a stripper named Sweetheart, she tapes Kyle to a chair and forces him to watch as they reenact scenes from their painful past. In the piece de resistance, they plan to cover the room in meat and honey so Kyle will be mauled by a bear. Through this night of emotional trials and ridiculous theatrics, Nan and Kyle are both freed from their past in this smart, dark revenge comedy.
  • Genre: Revenge Comedy
  • Running Time: 75 - 80 minutes
  • Cast: 2 f, 2 m
Reviews

ArtsCritic Atlanta

"If the Coen Brothers decided to set a feminist revenge tale in Atlanta and sprinkle it with Dixie Chicks pixie dust, it might look something like Exit, Pursued by a Bear, a raucous comedy of friendship, domestic abuse, and performance-as-catharsis."

The Week Magazine

"Gunderson's script not only makes each character adorably quirky but engenders empathy for all four as well. This show contains enough offbeat and grisly--no pun intended--humor that the Bard's immortally funny line is a fitting title."

San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Exit is a spirited comedy, able and clever."

Production History
PERFORMANCE DATES PRODUCTION GROUP LOCATION
May 11, 2018 - May 20, 2018 Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company Jenkintown, PA
Jul 6, 2017 - Jul 31, 2017 Barabbas Theatre Washington, DC
Apr 18, 2017 - Apr 23, 2017 Auburn University Auburn University, AL
Mar 3, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 Banning Cultural Alliance - Pass Area Performing Artists Banning, CA
Feb 13, 2017 - Feb 13, 2017 The Quuen City Queer Theatre Collective Cincinnati, OH
Nov 10, 2016 - Nov 19, 2016 Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA
Sep 8, 2016 - Sep 17, 2016 Lee Street Theatre Salisbury, NC
Apr 7, 2016 - Apr 23, 2016 M&D Playhouse North Conway, NH
Mar 4, 2016 - Mar 15, 2016 Foothills Community Theatre MARION, NC
Jan 8, 2016 - Jan 30, 2016 Carpenter Square Theatre Oklahoma City, OK
Oct 8, 2015 - Oct 11, 2015 Warren Wilson College Swannanoa, NC
May 14, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015 City Lights Theater Company San Jose, CA
Apr 23, 2015 - Apr 25, 2015 Lone Star College-Tomball Tomball, TX
Feb 26, 2015 - Mar 14, 2015 Theatre Downtown Birmingham, AL
Feb 21, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015 Howard College Big Spring, TX
Oct 9, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014 Creighton University Omaha, NE
Aug 22, 2014 - Aug 30, 2014 Broken Spectacle Productions Bowling Green, OH
May 9, 2014 - May 18, 2014 Olympia Little Theatre Olympia, WA
Apr 10, 2014 - Apr 12, 2014 Texas A&M University- Commerce University Playhouse Commerce, TX
Feb 6, 2014 - Feb 8, 2014 Texas Lutheran University Seguin, TX
Nov 15, 2013 - Nov 16, 2013 Tiger Lily Theatre Knoxville, TN
Nov 14, 2013 - Nov 17, 2013 Lady Parts Rochester, NY
Oct 25, 2013 - Oct 27, 2013 University Student Organization Austin, TX
Oct 11, 2013 - Oct 26, 2013 Theatre On Fire Charlestown, MA
Sep 22, 2013 - Oct 6, 2013 Bay Street Players Eustis, FL
Aug 19, 2013 - Aug 19, 2013 Omaha Community Playhouse Omaha, NE
Aug 15, 2013 - Sep 14, 2013 Circle Theatre Fort Worth, TX
Jul 8, 2013 - Jul 8, 2013 AIM Stage Somerville, MA
Dec 6, 2012 - Dec 30, 2012 Arts Garage Delray Beach, FL
Aug 16, 2012 - Sep 8, 2012 Capital T Theatre Austin, TX
Jun 1, 2012 - Jul 31, 2012 Theatre Seven Chicago, IL
Aug 18, 2011 - Sep 17, 2011 Boxcar Playhouse San Francisco, CA
Mar 1, 2011 - Apr 30, 2011 Synchronicity Theatre Atlanta, GA