Theatre at Arts Garage Kicks Off First Production with “Exit Pursued by a Bear”

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Thelma and Louise meets the Coen Brothers in this southern fried fingerlickin’ new comedy! A contemporary Southern “revenge comedy” that disarms stereotypes of domestic abuse with wild humor, Bear is part “I Love Lucy,” part Jacobean 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. “Bear is RAW and HILARIOUS”– American Theatre Magazine 

Lou Tyrrell, Artistic Director of Theatre at Arts Garage, is delighted to announce that the 2012-2013 season’s first production is the masterful revenge comedy,Exit Pursued by a Bear, written by Lauren Gunderson. The play has been lauded nation-wide for its brilliant marriage of fun and drama. However, the marriage depicted by the lead characters in the play is anything but brilliant! Nan Carter is caught in the proverbial bear trap. Fed up with her abusive husband, Kyle, she collaborates with her friends to feed him to the bears in the woods outside the house! While that biting scenario may sound extreme, the planned plot takes us on a journey of wit, insight, and just plain laugh- out-loud developments. “This play epitomizes how humor allows us to look at challenging subjects and then initiate a dialog,” says Tyrrell. “Spousal abuse and bullying are very serious topics, but the insightful way Gunderson blends wisecracks and wisdom is really remarkable. I think our audience will be thoroughly entertained…it’s serious fun” Tyrrell believes that while the show is filled with laughter, it allows the audience to address difficult topics in a new light. “As a main stage work for an adult audience, this play is unique and compelling. But, I also selected this piece for our STAGE IT! education-outreach program, which brings students from area schools to Arts Garage for matinee performances,” explained Tyrrell. “This program is an incredible opportunity for these students to not only experience live theater, but to immerse themselves in an issue that is vital for all of us to understand. Students will attend workshops where they will learn to craft their own monologues, using the play as inspiration. From hundreds of student monologues, we will then create a student production,Sticks & Stones, that will be performed at Arts Garage in early 2013.”

Exit Pursued by a Bear is an extraordinary new work,” continues Tyrrell. “It makes us laugh it stimulates our intellect, and illuminates an important issue. We are very excited about this production!”