Carpenter Square Theatre Announces Auditions for
EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR
a revenge comedy by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Joe DiBello
2-4:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16 – Readings from scripts
5-7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 17 – Callbacks
About auditions & perusal scripts:
Readings from the script will take place at CST’s rehearsal hall and business office located at 806 W. Main, which is right next door to the theatre on the west side. Actors should bring a resume and an up-to-date photo. A headshot is preferred, but a good snapshot will suffice. Please be prepared to list any and all conflicts during the rehearsal and performance periods. TO READ ON SATURDAY, PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE ANY LATER THAN 3:30 P.M. UNLESS YOU MAKE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS BY CALLING THE THEATRE.
Please read the script before auditions! Perusal scripts are available in the CST office for a $10 refundable deposit. We recommend that you bring a check so that we can return it to you, but of course, we will accept cash. Please call CST at 405-232-6500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to check out a script. Before dropping by, please call ahead to make sure a script is available and someone is in the office to check it out to you. The CST office is closed on Mondays, and is open Tuesdays through Fridays 1-6:00 pm. Again, please call or email us, and we’ll make arrangements.
Performance dates: June 26, 27│July 2, 3│9, 10, 11, 12│16, 17, 18, 2015
Rehearsals: Begin approximately May 25.
Cast: 2 women, 2 men
Nan Carter (27) Pretty and quick, like a deer.
Kyle Carter (28) A big messy boy, like a dumb dirty dog.
Sweetheart/Peaches/Superkyle (all of which are the same girl (20) A female stripper, dressed as an incredibly hot version of Kyle.
Simon Beaufort (27) Pretty and strong and bitchy, like a slim cat. He wears a girl’s red cheerleading outfit.
“If the Coen Brothers decided to set a feminist revenge tale in Atlanta and sprinkle it with Dixie Chicks pixie dust, it might look something like Exit, Pursued by a Bear, a raucous comedy of friendship, domestic abuse, and performance-as-catharsis.” – ArtsCritic Atlanta.
This is a comedy based on a stage direction in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. It’s the first in the playwright’s Shakespeare Cycle, a series of contemporary comedies loosely based on Shakespeare’s plays. 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 duct tapes Kyle to a chair and forces him to watch as they reenact 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.