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EXIT Interview: Katie Stone as Nan

Move over, Medea! Take notes, Thelma and Louise! The fast-paced and darkly hilarious "revenge comedy" EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR plays in the Firemen's Kitchen at Hickory Community Theatre from April 28th through May 13th.

True or False: The idiom "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" is based on the words of William Shakespeare?

We'll answer that shortly.* But first, we welcome Katie Stone back to the HCT stage as Nan, the woebegone wife-turned-avenging angel.

A photographer and filmmaker currently residing in Kings Mountain, Stone holds an Associate of Arts Degree from Cleveland Community College. She is Shop Manager at the Imperial Mercantile in Kings Mountain, as well as the owner of Katherine Stone Photography. Though somewhat elusive on her hobbies ("I have them."), Stone is known for her appreciation of Macklemore and McRibs (when they're back).

Stone last appeared at Hickory Community Theatre as an Ensemble member in ROCK OF AGES. She has also appeared as Jen in THE CAKE and as Megan in PUFFS, and worked on sound design for THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. Other area acting credits include Susan in THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE with Lincoln Theatre Guild, and Mrs. Arable in CHARLOTTE’S WEB at Cherryville Little Theatre. She has appeared at The Green Room Community Theatre in LEADING LADIES and as a member of the Green Bean Players. She also spent five seasons as a principal actor in LIBERTY MOUNTAIN–THE REVOLUTIONARY DRAMA at the Joy Performance Center.

As for what drew Stone to EXIT PURSUED BY BEAR, Stone says: "The script has it all! Comedy. Drama. Ice Cream. The full shebang!" Focused on earning her first Kay Award, Stone is excited at the range of emotions she gets to explore on stage in the show, which she considers another example of the quality productions found at HCT.

Performances of EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR are Fridays and Saturdays, April 28th through May 13th at 7:30 PM; Sundays, April 27th & May 7th at 2:30 PM; and, Thursday, May 11th at 7:30 PM. 

Tickets are $16 for adults, $10 for youth and students.

Tickets are available online at, or by phone at 828-328-2283. The theatre box office is open from 12-5 PM Wednesday through Friday, or one half-hour before a performance.

EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR is rated R for adult language and subject matter.

EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR is produced in association with Ken Wilkinson and Allen Wood, III. The Hickory Community Theatre’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.

(Photo: Eric Seale)

*Answer: False. The idiom is actually adapted from a line in William Congreve’s 1697 play THE MOURNING BRIDE: "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."

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