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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rebecca Claire Gilman  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1965 in Trussville, Alabama


-- Website -- http://www.communication.northwestern.edu/faculty/?PID=RebeccaGilman&type=alpha
-- Rebecca Claire Gilman on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=rebecca+claire+gilman


Illinois Connection

Rebecca is an Assdociate Professor at Northwestern's Graduate Program: Writing for the Screen and Stage.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rebecca Gilman is one of the major young American playwrights working today. Her play Spinning Into Butter had its New York premiere at the prestigious Lincoln Center Theatre in Summer 2000 and Boy Gets Girl--chosen by Time magazine as the best play of 2000--was seen at the Manhattan Theatre Club in March 2001. Gilman was the first American playwright to win an Evening Standard Award. She serves on the advisory board for Chicago Dramatists, and received the 2008 Harper Lee Award.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Spinning into Butter: A Play
ISBN: 0571199844

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2000

Set on a college campus in Vermont, Spinning into Butter is a new play by a major young American playwright that explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America today in a manner that is at once profound, disturbing, darkly comic, and deeply cathartic. Rebecca Gilman challenges our preconceptions about race relations, writing of a liberal dean of students named Sarah Daniels who investigates the pinning of anonymous, clearly racist letters on the door of one of the college's few African American students. The stunning discovery that there is a virulent racist on campus forces Sarah, along with other faculty members and students, to explore her feelings about racism, leading to surprising discoveries and painful insights that will rivet and provoke the reader as perhaps no play since David Mamet's Oleanna has done.

Spinning into Butter had its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in May 1999 and will open at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center in New York in April 2000.

Boy Gets Girl: A Play
ISBN: 0571199836

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2000

What is a stalker? And what kind of life can a woman lead when she knows she is being followed, obsessively and perhaps dangerously, by one?

This is the dilemma facing Theresa Bedell, a reporter in New York, in Rebecca Gilman's tensely fascinating new play. When Theresa goes on an awkward blind date with a friend of a friend, she sees no reason to continue the relationship--but the man, an attractive fellow named Tony, thinks otherwise. While Theresa is at first annoyed yet flattered by his continuing attention, her attitude gradually changes to one of fear and fury when he starts violently to menace her and those around her.

In brilliantly delineating the kind of terror a woman in full control of her life feels when everything around her suddenly seems to be a threat, Gilman probes the dark side of relationships in the 1990s with the rich insight and compelling characterizations that have distinguished her earlier plays and made her one of the most exciting young playwrights working today.

The Glory of Living: A Play
ISBN: 0571199984

Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2001

The award-winning, "viscerally powerful" (The Guardian) early play by the author of Spinning Into Butter and Boy Gets Girl

Set in the rural Deep South, Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living received critical acclaim rare for a new American play when it had its British premiere in 1999, garnering the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright. Set to open in New York in the fall of 2001, this work focuses on fifteen-year-old Lisa, the daughter of a prostitute, and Clint, the car thief she runs away with to escape the misery of life with her mother. But the happier times that sullenly childlike Lisa yearns for never materialize, as Clint orders her to procure young runaways for him. No one notices that these teenage girls are missing until an anonymous call to the police reports their murders. Could the caller--and the killer--be Lisa? Rebecca Gilman has created a riveting, unsentimental portrait of a young woman whose most striking quality is not her capacity for evil but the depth of her emptiness, in an environment as harsh and unyielding as the contours of her life

Dollhouse: A Play
ISBN: 0810126311

Northwestern University Press. 2010

Nora seems to have it all: a successful husband, three adorable children, and a beautiful home in the tony Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. But what looks like the perfect life is woefully incomplete, propped up by dark secrets and bitter betrayals. While her husband, Terry, singlemindedly climbs the career ladder, Nora’s compulsive shopping and scheming pushes her ever further from freedom and self-fulfillment. As the lies on which their life is built gradually emerge, Nora comes to realize the true cost of what she thinks she has always wanted. From Ibsen’s masterpiece A Doll’s House, award-winning playwright Rebecca Gilman crafts a bold and insightful update. This contemporary adaptation brings Ibsen’s classic into our century with a sharp eye for social satire and moments of dark comedy coupled with powerful human drama.


Awards

  • Osborn Award, ''The Glory of Living''
  • Scott McPherson Award, Goodman Theatre, ''The Glory of Living''

    Speaking Engagements

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