Exit, Pursued by a Bear


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.

Tracey Kaplan as Nan
Ryan Hallahan as Kyle
Ryan Lanning as Simon
Elizabeth Hope Williams as Sweetheart

And then I cracked your head. Which you probably didn’t notice with the whale belly full of Jack you’re on. Then I taped you to the chair. Then I finished the iced tea. Then you started breathing funny, then you woke up, and now you’re back to life...And just in time to see the cocked-n-locked plan I have for your consummate demise. "

"...cleverly entertains from title to ending..." - Katy Walsh; Chicago Now 

"100% entertainment" - Alice Singleton; Gapers Block 

"...there's something therapeutic and almost redemptive in this domestic coup d'etat" - Lawrence Bommer; Chicago Stage Style 

"...keeps the ultimate point understated and powerful" - Katy Walsh; Chicago Now 

"...finds the heart of the conflict..." - Lisa Buscani; Newcity Stages 

I am Nan Carter and I am alive in this wide world."

Theatre Seven of Chicago produces new work that tells the diverse Chicago story from as many perspectives as possible, and the auxiliary programming we shape around that work creates meaningful dialogue about our city and its people. In 6 seasons, we have offered 16 productions which have been seen by over 11,000 audience members and created by over 200 artists. The company has been nominated for 3 Jeff Awards, 2 Black Theatre Alliance Awards, and is three-time finalist for and 2012 winner of Broadway in Chicago’s Emerging Theatre Award.

Director: Cassy Sanders
Production Manager: Brian Golden & Nick Ward
Stage Manager: Shauna Warren
Scenic Designer: John Wilson
Sound Designer: Jeff Kelley
Props Designer: Thea Wigglesworth
Lighting Designer: Mac Vaughey
Costume Designer: Brenda Winstead
Video Design: Kyle Hammon
Technical Director: John Wilson
Casting Director: Nick Ward