Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Biting New Comedy of Revenge
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Winner of London's Olivier Award for Best New Play, this gripping and poetic drama envisions the events that might have taken place the evening before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. The fictional reimagining begins on April 3, 1968, as King finishes delivering his impassioned "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech. Exhausted, he retires to room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where he encounters a spirited young maid with whom he forges an unexpected relationship. During a conversation that ranges from the personal to the political, King finds himself confronting his own destiny and the fate of the very nation he's devoted his life to. Learn More
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Featured review from Thomas Anderson
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It was funny and poignant. It was good to see a women who had empowered herself enough to get out of a bad realtionship. We could see that he had often apologized and tried to sweet talk his way around his bad behavior but this time Nan wasn't having it.
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“It’s funny and quick, [and Lauren Gunderson] is emerging as an up-and-coming Bay Area playwright.” —_San Francisco Chronicle _
Directed by Keri Healy
From Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, comes one of the most famous and provocative stage directions of all time: “Exit, pursued by a bear.” This line has served as the title of books, as punch line to jokes, the name of an Irish rock band, and now, a new play.
Lauren Gunderson says that _Exit, Pursued by a Bear _“is mean and beautiful, uncalled for and giddy, feminine and burly … The first half is vicious and full of dread and injustice. The second half is a romantic-comedy. It’s this blending of tones (delightful and dreadful) and structure (drama and comedy) that Bear attempts to echo. The characters in _Bea_r do not know that they’re in a comedy.”
The play is full of contradictions and juxtapositions – humor about serious things, the Southern and the Shakespearean, love and hate and violence and justice and bears and karaoke. Gunderson adds, “And here’s a spoiler: whereas Shakespeare ends his comedies with a marriage and song, Exit, Pursued by a Bear ends with a road trip and karaoke.”