Southern Theatre will present “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7, through Saturday, April 9, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 10, in the Bud Walton Black Box Theatre at Missouri Southern State University.

“Exit, Pursued by a Bear” is a dark comedy about a woman who decides to get revenge on her abusive husband. With the help of her friend and a stripper, the three tie him to a chair and then reenact the couple’s abusive relationship, with a bear mauling planned as their grand finale.

The play was written by award-winning American playwright Lauren Gunderson.

“It’s beautifully written and has a great humor about it,” said Dr. Erick Wolfe, chair of the Theatre Department and director of the production. “The audience can expect some good laughs, but it is a very mature show due to language.”

Wolfe said the show closes out the 2021-22 season, which had a focus on female playwrights.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $10 for students, seniors and members of the military. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are limited to 60 per night and can be purchased here.


Taylor Lewis, junior secondary education major, Neosho, Mo.

Austin Prince, junior theater performance major, Pevely, Mo.

Marissa Harding, senior theater performance major, Joplin

Robyn Humphrey, senior theater production manager, Owasso, Okla.