Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
by Lauren Gunderson

Productions (39)
  • Revenge Comedy
  • 75 - 80 minutes
  • 2 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-046-4

Exit, Pursued by a Bear
by Lauren Gunderson

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Productions (39)
  • Revenge Comedy
  • 75 - 80 minutes
  • 2 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Minimal.

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 reenacts 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. Read More

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Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

*The per performance fee begins at $80. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

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 reenacts 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.

website: sites.google.com/site/exitbearplayresearch

NOTE: This is the 1st play in the Shakespeare Cycle, a series of contemporary comedies based on Shakespeare's plays. See Toil and Trouble and The Taming for the other plays in this series.

  • Revenge Comedy
  • 75 - 80 minutes
  • 2 f, 2 m
  • Content Notes: Adult language
  • Set: Minimal.
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-62384-046-4

Published Reviews

"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."

ArtsCritic Atlanta

"Funny-as-hell."

TheatreJones.com

"Gunderson is one of the most creative and entertaining playwrights in America."

Dallas Morning News

"It is a well-balanced mix of serious subject matter and laughter. The play is real and highly unlikely, but it's the highly unlikely parts that make the on-stage witnessing of the real-life, depressing, heart breaking horror of domestic violence possible... It was perfect."

Community Educator for the Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence

"Bear is raw and hilarious."

American Theatre Magazine

"There's more than enough wit, seriousness and originality in Exit to show why the native Georgian Gunderson is emerging."

San Francisco Chronicle

"Falling in love with a playwright whose work you're experiencing for the first time feels like Christmas morning at age 6--giddy excitement, new toys, wonder and sugar high all wrapped up in a nice holiday package. That's what it felt like the other night at the Boxcar Playhouse watching Crowded Fire Theater Company's production of Exit, Pursued by a Bear, a new play by Lauren Gunderson, a Georgia native who now lives and works in San Francisco."

Theater Dogs!

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

San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Uproarious."

The Seattle Times

"It's Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl" meets 9-5."

WABE, Atlanta's NPR station

"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."

The Week Magazine

Production History

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Production Group
Location
MAY 11, 2018 - MAY 20, 2018
Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company
Jenkintown, PA United States
Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company Jenkintown, PA United States
MAY 01, 2018 - MAY 03, 2018
University Of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Green Bay, WI United States
University Of Wisconsin-Green Bay Green Bay, WI United States
OCT 19, 2017 - OCT 28, 2017
Georgetown University
Washington, DC United States
Georgetown University Washington, DC United States
OCT 18, 2017 - OCT 20, 2017
University of West Alabama
Livingston, AL United States
University of West Alabama Livingston, AL United States
SEP 21, 2017 - OCT 01, 2017
West Virginia University School Of Theatre And Dance
Morgantown, WV United States
West Virginia University School Of Theatre And Dance Morgantown, WV United States
JUL 06, 2017 - JUL 31, 2017
Barabbas Theatre
Silver Spring, MD United States
Barabbas Theatre Silver Spring, MD United States
JUL 06, 2017 - JUL 31, 2017
Barabbas Theatre
Washington, DC United States
Barabbas Theatre Washington, DC United States
APR 18, 2017 - APR 23, 2017
Auburn University
Auburn University, AL United States
Auburn University Auburn University, AL United States
APR 17, 2017 - APR 17, 2017
North Carolina State University Theatre
Raleigh, NC United States
North Carolina State University Theatre Raleigh, NC United States
MAR 03, 2017 - MAR 12, 2017
Banning Cultural Alliance - Pass Area Performing Artists
Banning, CA United States
Banning Cultural Alliance - Pass Area Performing Artists Banning, CA United States
FEB 13, 2017 - FEB 13, 2017
The Quuen City Queer Theatre Collective
Cincinnati, OH United States
The Quuen City Queer Theatre Collective Cincinnati, OH United States
NOV 10, 2016 - NOV 19, 2016
Contra Costa College
San Pablo, CA United States
Contra Costa College San Pablo, CA United States
SEP 08, 2016 - SEP 17, 2016
Lee Street Theatre
Salisbury, NC United States
Lee Street Theatre Salisbury, NC United States
APR 07, 2016 - APR 23, 2016
M&D Playhouse
North Conway, NH United States
M&D Playhouse North Conway, NH United States
MAR 04, 2016 - MAR 15, 2016
Foothills Community Theatre
MARION, NC United States
Foothills Community Theatre MARION, NC United States
JAN 08, 2016 - JAN 30, 2016
Carpenter Square Theatre
Oklahoma City, OK United States
Carpenter Square Theatre Oklahoma City, OK United States
OCT 08, 2015 - OCT 11, 2015
Warren Wilson College
Swannanoa, NC United States
Warren Wilson College Swannanoa, NC United States
MAY 14, 2015 - JUN 14, 2015
City Lights Theater Company
San Jose, CA United States
City Lights Theater Company San Jose, CA United States
APR 23, 2015 - APR 25, 2015
Lone Star College-Tomball
Tomball, TX United States
Lone Star College-Tomball Tomball, TX United States
FEB 26, 2015 - MAR 14, 2015
Theatre Downtown
Birmingham, AL United States
Theatre Downtown Birmingham, AL United States
FEB 21, 2015 - FEB 28, 2015
Howard College
Big Spring, TX United States
Howard College Big Spring, TX United States
OCT 09, 2014 - OCT 12, 2014
Creighton University
Omaha, NE United States
Creighton University Omaha, NE United States
AUG 22, 2014 - AUG 30, 2014
Broken Spectacle Productions
Bowling Green, OH United States
Broken Spectacle Productions Bowling Green, OH United States
MAY 09, 2014 - MAY 18, 2014
Olympia Little Theatre
Olympia, WA United States
Olympia Little Theatre Olympia, WA United States
APR 10, 2014 - APR 12, 2014
Texas A&M University- Commerce University Playhouse
Commerce, TX United States
Texas A&M University- Commerce University Playhouse Commerce, TX United States
FEB 06, 2014 - FEB 08, 2014
Texas Lutheran University
Seguin, TX United States
Texas Lutheran University Seguin, TX United States
NOV 15, 2013 - NOV 16, 2013
Tiger Lily Theatre
Knoxville, TN United States
Tiger Lily Theatre Knoxville, TN United States
NOV 14, 2013 - NOV 17, 2013
Lady Parts
Rochester, NY United States
Lady Parts Rochester, NY United States
OCT 25, 2013 - OCT 27, 2013
University Student Organization
Austin, TX United States
University Student Organization Austin, TX United States
OCT 11, 2013 - OCT 26, 2013
Theatre On Fire
Charlestown, MA United States
Theatre On Fire Charlestown, MA United States
SEP 22, 2013 - OCT 06, 2013
Bay Street Players
Eustis, FL United States
Bay Street Players Eustis, FL United States
AUG 19, 2013 - AUG 19, 2013
Omaha Community Playhouse
Omaha, NE United States
Omaha Community Playhouse Omaha, NE United States
AUG 15, 2013 - SEP 14, 2013
Circle Theatre
Fort Worth, TX United States
Circle Theatre Fort Worth, TX United States
JUL 08, 2013 - JUL 08, 2013
AIM Stage
Somerville, MA United States
AIM Stage Somerville, MA United States
DEC 06, 2012 - DEC 30, 2012
Arts Garage
Delray Beach, FL United States
Arts Garage Delray Beach, FL United States
AUG 16, 2012 - SEP 08, 2012
Capital T Theatre
Austin, TX United States
Capital T Theatre Austin, TX United States
JUN 01, 2012 - JUL 31, 2012
Theatre Seven
Chicago, IL United States
Theatre Seven Chicago, IL United States
AUG 18, 2011 - SEP 17, 2011
Boxcar Playhouse
San Francisco, CA United States
Boxcar Playhouse San Francisco, CA United States
MAR 01, 2011 - APR 30, 2011
Synchronicity Theatre
Atlanta, GA United States
Synchronicity Theatre Atlanta, GA United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
MAY 11, 2018 - MAY 20, 2018
Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company
Jenkintown, PA United States
Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company Jenkintown, PA United States
MAY 01, 2018 - MAY 03, 2018
University Of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Green Bay, WI United States
University Of Wisconsin-Green Bay Green Bay, WI United States
OCT 19, 2017 - OCT 28, 2017
Georgetown University
Washington, DC United States
Georgetown University Washington, DC United States
OCT 18, 2017 - OCT 20, 2017
University of West Alabama
Livingston, AL United States
University of West Alabama Livingston, AL United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
JUL 06, 2017 - JUL 31, 2017
Barabbas Theatre
Silver Spring, MD United States
Barabbas Theatre Silver Spring, MD United States
JUL 06, 2017 - JUL 31, 2017
Barabbas Theatre
Washington, DC United States
Barabbas Theatre Washington, DC United States
MAY 14, 2015 - JUN 14, 2015
City Lights Theater Company
San Jose, CA United States
City Lights Theater Company San Jose, CA United States
AUG 22, 2014 - AUG 30, 2014
Broken Spectacle Productions
Bowling Green, OH United States
Broken Spectacle Productions Bowling Green, OH United States
OCT 11, 2013 - OCT 26, 2013
Theatre On Fire
Charlestown, MA United States
Theatre On Fire Charlestown, MA United States
AUG 15, 2013 - SEP 14, 2013
Circle Theatre
Fort Worth, TX United States
Circle Theatre Fort Worth, TX United States
DEC 06, 2012 - DEC 30, 2012
Arts Garage
Delray Beach, FL United States
Arts Garage Delray Beach, FL United States
AUG 16, 2012 - SEP 08, 2012
Capital T Theatre
Austin, TX United States
Capital T Theatre Austin, TX United States
JUN 01, 2012 - JUL 31, 2012
Theatre Seven
Chicago, IL United States
Theatre Seven Chicago, IL United States
MAR 01, 2011 - APR 30, 2011
Synchronicity Theatre
Atlanta, GA United States
Synchronicity Theatre Atlanta, GA United States

Awards (2)

Best Showstopper, San Francisco Weekly (2012)

Outstanding Comedy, B. Iden Payne Awards (2012)