WASHINGTON–Lauren Gunderson’s “revenge comedy,” Exit, Pursued by a Bear, will be the next production of Barabbas Theatre, an acclaimed company in its third year. Founding Artistic Director Kevin O’Connell will direct the DC-area premiere of this dark and wildly funny play as part of the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival in July.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear is, in the words of its playwright, “a contemporary Southern ‘revenge comedy‘ that disarms stereotypes of abuse with wild humor. BEAR is part ‘I Love Lucy,’ part Jacobean revenge tragedy, and part feminist power ballad. Set in the North Georgia mountains, the ever-sweet Nan finally flips the story on her abusive husband, Kyle, taking back her life. With the help of her colorful friends, her idolization of Jimmy Carter, and one violent Shakespearean stage direction, this play ain’t over till the bears are in pursuit.”
Gunderson was the most produced living playwright in America in 2016, according to American Theatre Magazine, and was awarded the 2016 Lanford Wilson Award from the Dramatist Guild. Her play I and You was awarded the prestigious 2014 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award. Her plays have received numerous productions in the DMV, but this will be the area’s first chance to see Exit, Pursued by a Bear, the first of Gunderson’s “Will to Power Plays,” a series of three comedies based on Shakespeare plays.
Barabbas Theatre debuted at the 2015 Capital Fringe Festival with the premiere of Alexandra Petri’s Never Never and followed that up with O’Connell’s H5x7, a faithful adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V, in the 2016 festival. Click on the titles to see the rave reviews of each!
Exit, Pursued by a Bear is being co-produced for Barabbas by O’Connell, Teri Gillmor, and Rebecca Talisman. Additional information, including the cast, dates, and venue, is here!