Photo Flash: Theatre Seven's EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR

Theatre Seven of Chicago, recipient of Broadway In Chicago's 2012 Emerging Theater Award, presents the Chicago premiere of EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Cassy Sanders, playing June 7 – July 15, 2012 at the Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago. The production features Theatre Seven company member Tracey Kaplan with Ryan Hallahan, Ryan Lanning and Elizabeth Hope Williams. Tickets are currently on sale at or by calling (773) 404-7336. Check out photos below!

Nan decides it's finally time to leave her abusive husband Kyle and make a run for it… but not until she's tied him up, surrounded him with venison meat and invited the neighborhood bear in for a snack. Oh, and she'll also need to re-enact scenes from their marriage alongside an actress/stripper with a passion for Shakespeare and her gay best friend, who brings cheerleading poms and sass to spare. EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR is a gut-busting, outrageous revenge comedy about dreams, healing and the simple joy of tying a dickhead to the living room chair.

"It's difficult to find plays that are both genuinely hilarious and also look at a very serious issue and truly have something thoughtful, surprising and humane to say about it," comments Theatre Seven Managing Artistic Director Brian Golden. "The fact that Lauren's play is all of the above and a gut buster is something of a miracle. We can't wait to tell our audience this story," adds Golden.

The creative team for EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR includes: John Wilson (scenic design), Brenda Winstead (costume design), Mac Vaughey (lighting design), Jeff Kelley (sound design), Thea Wigglesworth (props design), Kyle Hamman (video design), Orion Couling (fight design), Adam Goldstein (dialect coach), Shauna Warren (stage manager) and Mike Dunbar (production manager).

Playwright: Lauren Gunderson
Director: Cassy Sanders
Featuring: Theatre Seven company member Tracey Kaplan (Nan) with Ryan Hallahan (Kyle), Ryan Lanning (Simon) and Elizabeth Hope Williams (Sweetheart).

Location: Greenhouse Theater Center Upstairs Studio, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.
Dates: Previews: June 7 – 10, 2012.
Press performances: Monday, June 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm.
Regular run: June 14 – July 15, 2012.
Curtain Times: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:30 pm.
Tickets: $20 - $22 in advance, $30 at the door; Students $15; Industry & Senior $18: Previews 50% off. Available at or by calling (773) 404-7336. Call for Group Discounts.

Parking: Parking for Greenhouse Theater Center patrons is available at Children's Memorial Hospital, 2316 N. Lincoln. Discounted rate ($6.00) authorized with ticket stub or validation from GTC box office. (Children's Memorial discount is not valid before 5 pm weekdays).

About the Playwright:
Lauren Gunderson's Exit, Pursued By A Bear enjoyed a three-city rolling world premiere in 2011. Other works include Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, which was commissioned and premiered at South Coast Repertory in 2009 and is now published by Samuel French; Fire Work, developed at The O'Neill's National Playwrights Conference and winner of the 2011 Aurora Theatre Company's Global Age Project; and The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog, which premiered at The Kennedy Center last fall. She has also developed plays with Second Stage Theatre and Primary Stages, Marin Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Foundation, Crowded Fire, Aurora Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater, Synchronicity Theatre, Actor's Express, Portland Center Stage, WordBRIDGE, Brave New Works and others. She received a Sloan Science Script Award, teaches and speaks on the intersection of science and theatre and writes for The Huffington Post.

About the Director:
Cassy Sanders is a director, dramaturg, writer and performer whose recent projects include co-directing Theatre Seven's We Live Here and directing Pavement Group's MilkMilkLemonade. She is a company member of Theatre Seven where she co-conceived/co-directed Lies & Liars and co-directed the 2008 summer hit Yes, This Really Happened to Me. Other Chicago directing credits include The Pigeons (Walkabout Theater); Case of You (The Ruckus Theatre); 2nd Story (Serendipity Theatre Collective); My Future Ex-Boyfriend (Pavement Group); and Love, Valour and Technology (Live Bait's Fillet of Solo). Cassy co-dramaturged for The Wooden Breeks and Around the World in 80 Days at Lookinglass Theatre. Her short plays Lesson One and Chicago Summer premiered at The Steppenwolf Garage as part of the 7th and 8th Annual SKETCHBOOK Festivals with Collaboraction. Cassy served as Collaboraction's Assistant Artistic Director for from 2007 - 2009.

Theatre Seven of Chicago produces new and original work that speaks directly to the diverse Chicago community with imagination and clarity. Since 2007, the company has produced fifteen standout offerings, paid over 200 artists for their contributions and three times been a finalist for the League of Chicago Theatres' Emerging Theatre Award. The company's noted World Premieres include The Chicago Landmark Project, We Live Here, Diversey Harbor ("Hottest Ticket in Town" – Chicago Tribune), Yes, This Really Happened To Me (Critic's Choice – Chicago Reader), and Cooperstown, which earned the company nominations for one Jeff Award and two Black Theatre Alliance Awards. The company's 2009 remount of Marisa Wegrzyn's Diversey Harbor was featured in NewCity's "Greatest Hits of the Decade," and 2011's The Chicago Landmark Project capped Theatre Seven's fifth season by bringing together over 75 artists to create World Premiere short plays about twelve different Chicago neighborhoods. The plays were called "as good a portrait of the diversity of this city as you can currently find" by the Chicago Tribune and were published in a collection now for sale in select Chicago bookstores. In each of its six seasons, Theatre Seven has produced at least one play set in Chicago, and is a resident company at the historic Greenhouse Theater Center in the heart of Lincoln Park. The company is funded with the generous support of the Chicago Community Trust, Driehaus Foundation, Donnelley Foundation, The Saints and the Community Arts Assistance Program. Learn more about Theatre Seven of Chicago at

Photo by Amanda Clifford.

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