the 2006 Rebecca Gilman season

Rebecca Gilman

Eclipse Theatre Company is proud to announce American playwright Rebecca Gilman as the featured playwright of the 2006 Season. A native of Alabama, Gilman is a resident playwright at the Chicago Dramatists. Rebecca Gilman’s plays include The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, The Glory of Living, and the Goodman Theatre world premieres of Spinning Into Butter, Boy Gets Girl, and Blue Surge. Her plays have also been produced at the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York, Royal Court Theatre in London, the Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Manhattan Class Company, as well as other theaters around the country and abroad. She received her M.F.A. in playwriting from the University of Iowa in 1991. Chicago Tribune Arts Critic Chris Jones has said of Gilman that “she writes plays with such intriguing plots that the audience finds itself hungry for what is going to happen next-and once she has the viewer under that narrative spell, she does not shirk from exposing complex themes with a strongly feminist sensibility, dispensed with just the right quirky touch of nouveau Southern gothic.”

Our 2006 season includes The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Spinning into Butter, and Boy Gets Girl.

2 Responses

  1. Read the NYT article about Ms. Gilman’s problem with
    deaf actors and her play, “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter.” A possible solution for future productions: cast a deaf actor but have the opening and closing dialogue pre-recorded and played back to the audience as the deaf actor signs on stage.

  2. In regard to her play “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter”; rather than offending a whole community by ‘using a white actor in blackface’, why not use a Deaf actor with a voice interpreter? In the book, John Singer expresses himself with Sign Language; think of how much more beautiful and poetic the play would be with the monologue signed in ASL!

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