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Rebecca Gilman

REBECCA GILMAN  (1965 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Here is a link to a story in TCG by Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones that recaps her incredible story. Rebecca Gilman's plays include Spinning Into Butter, Boy Gets Girl, the Crowd You're In With, Dollhouse, a True History of the Johnstown Flood, the Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Blue Surge, and the Glory of Living. Her plays have received numerous productions at regional Theatres and abroad, including productions at the Goodman Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, the Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, and Manhattan Class Company. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, the Roger L. Stevens award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the evening Standard award for Most Promising Playwright, and the George Devine award. Ms. Gilman was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for her play, the Glory of Living. the film adaptation of Spinning Into Butter was released in 2009, starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

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below is a list of Rebecca Gilman's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        America In Me         Bill Of (W)Rights         Blue Surge         Boy Gets Girl         Boys Are Coming Home, The         Capitalism 101         Crime Of the Century         Crowd You're In With         Dollhouse, The         Glory Of Living         Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, The         Heaven And Hell (On Earth): A Divine Comedy         Land Of Little Horses         Lord Butterscotch And the Curse Of the Darkwater Phantom         Luna Gale         My Sin And Nothing More         Speech therapy         Spinning Into Butter         Sweetest Swing In Baseball, The         True History Of the Johnstown Flood



America In Me

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Bill Of (W)Rights

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Bill of (W)Rights is a political funhouse growing from a moment in history when self-censorship abounds and the populace is increasingly governed by fear. Nine playwrights offer ten plays, each based on one of the U.S. Constitution's first ten amendments. these pieces focus less on government interference and more on the interpersonal, from a Father and daughter facing a criminal trial to the silence of an unfaithful husband "pleading the fifth" to his family -- not to mention a company of actors yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater. the creation of the script, encompassing a diversity of voices and opinions, was itself an act of democracy, demonstrating that theatre can be a voice of revelation and revolution.

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80-90 min Comedy/Drama

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Blue Surge

Blue Surge
Blue Surge follows the adventures of two cops, two hookers and one uptown fiancee in the aftermath of a failed raid on an illegal brothel. the lives of Kurt, a sensitive dreamer from the wrong side of the tracks, and the not too bright bad boy Doug intersect with those of Sandy, a seemingly gawky ingenue, and the reckless brazen Heather. When Kurt in 'knight-in-shining armour' mode sets out to rescue Sandy from her 'sordid' existence in a twisted version of Pygmalion, his actions have unforeseen consequences for all. a raw human Drama Blue Surge is a character driven story that weaves an intriguing narrative spell. enhanced by a touch of quirky underworld realism Blue Surge offers a refreshing and earthy non-Hollywood perspective on the Pretty Woman myth. Blue Surge never cheats and yet manages to surprise as it unfolds with increasing intensity. the climax is shatteringly beautiful, and absolutely right.
- Peter Rainer, New York Metro

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the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois    -

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Faber and Faber, London, 2002   978-0571211074

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Boy Gets Girl

Boy Gets Girl
theresa's blind date with Tony seems to go well and she agrees to dinner. She has a successful career in New York and it is easier for her to commit to work than another person. But when flowers arrive every day and the phone keeps ringing, she doesn't know whether to feel flattered, angry or threatened.

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the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois    13 Mar 2000

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Faber and Faber, London, 2001   978-0571199839

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Boys Are Coming Home, The

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based on Shakespeare's comedy Much ado about Nothing, this musical is set in the year 1945, when American servicemen returned home from World War II

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Music And lyrics by Leslie Arden; book by Rebecca Gilman. Also known As ""One Step Forward". Based on "Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare

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aMTP at Northwestern University.    2005

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Capitalism 101

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One act

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Crime Of the Century

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In 1966 Richard Speck got into a home for nurses and murdered eight of them. This is the story of events told from the point of view of the ninth nurse who survived.

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Crowd You're In With

Crowd You're In With
Over the barbecue many things are discussed. Is it the right time for a baby to is the chicken done.

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NorthWestern University Press 2009   978-0810126442

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Dollhouse, The

Dollhouse, The
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Original Playwright - Henrik Ibsen

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Goodman Theatre, Chicago    18 Jun 2005

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NorthWestern University Press 2010   978-0810126312

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Adaptation

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Glory Of Living

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Lisa journeys from unthinking acquiescence in abuse and murder to a recognition of her culpability and the vile manipulation of her husband

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Thriller

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Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, The

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adapted from the novel by Carson McCullers, the HeaRT IS a LONeLY HUNTeR explores a universal longing for connection. at its center is John Singer, a lonely deaf man, who becomes the confidant to a constellation of disparate souls - an angry carnival worker, a crUSAding physician, the owner of a failing cafe and a fifteen-year-old girl in love with music - all seeking understanding and compassion from a man desperately in need of understanding himself. each pours their heart out to Singer, and he in turn changes their disenchanted lives in ways they could never imagine. Moving, sensitive and deeply humane, the HeaRT IS a LONeLY HUNTeR examines loneliness, the human need for understanding, and our search for love.

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from book by Carson McCullers'

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Dramatists Play Service, NY, 2011   978-0-8222-2455-6

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Heaven And Hell (On Earth): A Divine Comedy

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In this comic anthology - a collection of scenes and monologues - an array of devilishly talented playwrights put a contemporary spin on a fascinating eternal obsession. Grappling with their own diverse experiences of vice and virtue, salvation and damnation, characters from the twentysomething generation interpret their world with amusing revelations and surprising insights

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written by Robert Alexander, Jenny Lyn Bader, Elizabeth Dewberry, Deborah Lynn Frockt, Rebecca Gilman, Keith Glover, Hilly Hicks, Jr., Karen Hines, Michael Kassin, Melanie Marnich, Jane Martin, William Mastrosimone, Guillermo Reyes, Sarah Schulman, Richar

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Land Of Little Horses

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Lord Butterscotch And the Curse Of the Darkwater Phantom

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at Wembley Manor a gravely voiced phantom hints at who is the true heir to the estate. But will any of the occupants be able to decipher his clues? the vicar prefers clues, the gamekeeper is randy and the widow lady is a gold digger

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Written by Rebecca Gilman, Lisa Dillman And Brett Neveau

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Storefront Theatre, Chicago    30 Nov 2007

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Luna Gale

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A veteran social worker, Caroline, thinks she has a typical case on her hands - a drug taking teenage couple who are neglecting their baby

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Goodman Theatre, Chicago    18 Jan 2014

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My Sin And Nothing More

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Speech therapy

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audience members enter one of several phone booths, pick up the receiver and listen to a three-minute play unfold in conversation

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Phone Play

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Spinning Into Butter

Spinning Into Butter
explores the dangers of racism and political correctness. Set in a Vermont college, an incident of racism leads to some surprising discoveries and painful insight

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the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Illinois    16 May 1999

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Faber and Faber, London, 2000   978-0571209323

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Sweetest Swing In Baseball, The

Sweetest Swing In Baseball, The
Dana's the toast of the art world - a hot property. So when her work hits a crisis she goes into decline. Holed up in a psychiatric hospital, she's looking for help. It comes, not from her insurance company, but from some unlikely friends and the inspirational swing of baseball legend Darryl Strawberry.

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True History Of the Johnstown Flood

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1899. the dam has been shoddily constructed. there is a storm of hurricane proportions. Disaster results

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Goodman Theatre, Chicago    13 Mar 2010

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