Blue Surge Reading Dec 2

We’ll be reading Rebecca Gilman’s Blue Surge on Saturday, December 2 – in addition to the three full productions each season, we also like to give our audiences the opportunity to explore as much of the playwright’s work as possible. It’s a free event, starting at 3 pm in the upstairs studio at the Victory Gardens Greenhouse (call the box office at 773.871.3000 to reserve a seat), on the set of Boy Gets Girl.

During the symposium we held back in the spring, Rebecca explained that part of the inspiration for Blue Surge was the song Jackson Cage by Bruce Springsteen. As a big Springsteen fan myself, I instantly saw the connection – it’s a play that explores the confinement of class, focusing on a couple of small-time cops in a small town and a couple of prostitutes trying to make a decent living. Like all of Rebecca’s plays, the issues are complex and the situations have an uncomfortable truth to them.

Bruce puts the truth bluntly for his characters:

You can try with all your might
But you’re reminded every night
That you been judged and handed life
Down in Jackson Cage

Join us on Saturday at 3 for a reading of Blue Surge and a discussion with Eclipse company members following the reading.

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