Hickory – This weekend marks the final performances of the thought provoking comedy, EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, May 11-13 in the Firemen’s Kitchen.
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), a stripper named Sweetheart, and the words of William Shakespeare, 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, wonderfully dark yet hopeful revenge comedy.
Given the subject matter of the play, HCT has partnered with The Women’s Resource Center to raise awareness and provide information about local resources.
Performances of EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR continue May 5 through May 13 in the Firemen’s Kitchen. Tickets for all performances are $16 for adults and $10 for youth and students. For tickets visit hickorytheatre.org or call the box office at 828-328-2283, Wed. – Fri. from 12-5pm.. The play is rated R for adult language and themes.
The HCT’s 74th season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive, Sunbelt Xpress and Frye Regional Medical Center. HCT is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR is produced by Ken Wilkinson and Allen Wood, III.
Photo: Katie Stone as Nan and Cory Bragg as Kyle in EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR. Photo by Ken Burns.