Final production of the season uses satire to confront serious issue

Photo of a wedding cake with a bride in jeans and groom removed

Exit, Pursued by a Bear,” is the final theatre production of the 2016-2017 season. The show opens on Thursday, April 13, and runs through April 23. Written by playwright Lauren Gunderson and directed by Tessa Carr, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear,” is a comedic take on the serious issues surrounding domestic violence, and is not suitable for children.

In the show, main character Nan has had enough of her abusive husband, Kyle, and plots a special revenge. Working with her cheerleader friend Simon, and aspiring actress and stripper, Sweetheart, Nan holds Kyle hostage and forces him to watch her perform scenes from their disastrous marriage. A dark satire on a very serious subject, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear,” offers a humorous glimpse into a dystopic relationship.

Director Tessa Carr, who is originally from LaGrange, Georgia and received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, said that this play appeals to her because of the characters.

“One of my favorite aspects of Southern culture has always been the embrace of real life characters and outrageous stories – the larger than life people that inhabit small towns throughout the South, the family member that we all love to tell stories about, the time when friends did some kind of stunt that no one would believe, and so on,” Carr said.

The artistic team for “Exit, Pursued by a Bear,” includes costume designer Tracy Oleinick, lighting, scenic, and projection design by Fereshteh Rostampour, and sound design by theatre major Carl Wampler. The student cast includes Taylor Newton, Michael Sanders, Scott Tye, and Lauren Vedder.

This performance runs approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes and includes mature language. Tickets are available through the box office, and online:

Talkback Thursdays

Want to learn more about the show or give us your opinion? Join us after the performance on “Talkback Thursdays” for a discussion with the director and company members.

Buy Tickets

Our audience is growing…so we are growing to accommodate! This season premieres a new ticketing system. New features include the ability to choose seats online on the mainstage, and a new season subscription package, along with a larger range of purchasing options. For more information please visit

Box Office Hours

The Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. During weekday performances, the Box Office is open from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. On Saturday evening performances it is open 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday matiness, the Box Office is open 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Telfair Peet Black Box

  • Thursday 4/13
  • Friday 4/14
  • Saturday 4/15
  • Tuesday 4/18
  • Wednesday 4/19
  • Thursday 4/20*
  • Friday 4/21
  • Sunday 4/23 Matinee

       *Talkback Thursday


Ticket Prices

General $16.00

Senior Citizen $12.00

Faculty and Staff $12.00

AU student with ID Free

Non-Auburn University Student $12.00

Box office: 334-844-4154



Last Updated: April 10, 2017