Capital T Theatre Presents EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR, Now thru 9/8

Capital T Theatre presents Exit, Pursued by a Bear by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Mark Pickell and starring Joey Hood, Molly Karrasch, Stephen Mercantel and Indigo Rael, August 16-September 8, 2012.

The show runs Thursday-Saturday at 8pm. Running time 1 hour 15 minutes no intermission at the Hyde Park Theatre, located at 511 West 43rd St Austin, Texas. Tickets are $15-$30 sliding scale and can be reserved by calling 479-PLAY or visiting

Nan is finally fed up with her abusive husband Kyle and is going to make a run for it but not until she’s duct taped him to a recliner, covered him in honey and invited the neighborhood bear in for a snack. But before she leaves, Nan is going to act out all of Kyle’s wrongdoings in front of him with a little help from her best friend Simon (acting as her emotional—and actual—cheerleader) and a stripper named Sweetheart (whose stage name is Bunny). Lauren Gunderson’s gut-busting, outrageous revenge comedy is about dreams, healing, and the simple joy of duct-taping a dickhead to the living room chair.

Cap T presents the regional premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s southern-fried, finger-lickin comedy starring Joey Hood as Kyle (KILLER JOE, BUG, THE ALIENS), Molly Karrasch as Nan (TIGERS BE STILL), Indigo Rael as Sweetheart and Stephen Mercantel as Simon (SPIRITS TO ENFORCE) and directed by two time Austin Critics Table Award-winning Director Mark Pickell (HUNTER GATHERERS, KILLER JOE)


Kyle – Joey Hood

This is Joey’s fourth appearance with Capital T Theatre. Last summer he appeared as Frankie in A LIE OF THE MIND. He appeared for Cap T in both KILLER JOE and BUG (Austin Critics Table Nomination Best Actor in a Leading Role) . He was most recently seen in Zach Scott’s production of DIVIDING THE ESTATE. Other Credits include THE ALIENS (Austin Critics Table Nomination Best Supporting Actor), THE ATHEIST (Austin Critics Table Best Actor Award), FLYING, ZOO STORY. THE COLLECTION, BOMBS IN YOUR MOUTH , HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ASSASINATED?, THE WATER PRINCIPLE, THE GLORY OF LIVING (Austin Critics Table Nomination Best Actor) TWIGHLIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992(Austin Critics Table Nomination Best Supporting Actor) THE METAMORPHISIS (B Iden Payne Nomination Best Actor) BLUR (B Iden Payne Nomination Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy), Fish (B Iden Payne Nomination) and STADIUM DEVILDARE. Joey is originally from South Mississippi and has been treading Austin stages since 1997. Joey is also Hyde Park Theatre core company member.

Nan – Molly Karasch

This is Molly’s first appearance with Capital T. She was last seen as Sherry in TIGERS BE STILL for Hyde Park Theatre. Other Austin credits include: Rita in EDUCATING RITA (Sidetrack/Austin Playhouse), Moth/Mercade in LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST (Austin Shakespeare), Catherine in PROOF, Annnelle in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Rachel in INHERIT THE WIND, Mary in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Austin Playhouse). Molly is a member of the Austin Playhouse Acting Company, co-founder of Sidetrack Productions and writes about anxiety, food and funny for She has a BFA in Theatre from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.

Simon – Stephen Mercantel

This marks Stephen’s return to the Capital T theatre stage after appearing as Fragrance Fellow in SPIRITS TO ENFORCE. He also appeared onstage as Davey in SICK Cap T. Other credits include BODY AWARENESS for HPT (B Iden Payne Nomination Best Supporting Actor), and CABARET for Summer Stock Austin as Heir Schultz. He has also worked backstage on Cap T’s BUG, I HEART WALMART, and HUNTER GATHERERS. He is currently completing his degree in theatre at St. Edwards University.

Sweetheart – Indigo Rael

EXIT PBAB is Indigo Rael’s Austin stage debut. She studied art at the University of North Texas before moving to an ex-patriot community near Lake Chapala in Jalisco, Mexico. During her year-long hiatus from higher education she performed in the Lakeside Little Theatre’s production of John Patrick Shanley’s DOUBT. Encouraged to pursue an acting career, she moved to Austin four years ago to study improv and acting for film. She can be seen in improv shows around town, local independent films, and several television commercials. Indigo is also a passionate artist and activist. She is currently writing, producing and starring in a web show about The Plastic Mermaid from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Lauren Gunderson – Playwright

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