Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Lauren Gunderson

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Productions (0)
Revenge Comedy
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75 - 80 minutes
2 W, 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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Standard Edition $12.99
Stage Manager Edition $24.99
Streaming with ShowShare $299.00

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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 W, 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

Awards (2)

Best Showstopper, San Francisco Weekly (2012)

Outstanding Comedy, B. Iden Payne Awards (2012)

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