Blue Surge A Play

Rebecca Gilman

Faber & Faber



Trade Paperback

132 Pages



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From Rebecca Gilman, whose previous dramatic work (Boy Gets Girl) was acclaimed by Time as the best play of 2000, comes this "dazzling . . . racy [and] smart piece of gritty social realism that's alternately funny and politically provocative" (Chris Jones, Variety).

Curt is a small-town cop in the Midwest; Sandy is the 19-year-old prostitute he first tries to arrest, then attempts to help, at the cost of his badge. What Gilman makes of this familiar scenario is something startlingly real and compelling: Blue Surge delves deeply into the small space that can divide hope from hopelessness, as Curt and Sandy both grasp at the American dream of a house, a job, a life, a relationship with another human being.

Marked by Gilman's characteristically sharp delineation of character, pitch-perfect dialogue, and effortless use of humor both biting and silly, Blue Surge is an intimate look at the class struggle in America today as well as a brilliant example of the dramatic craft from one of today's most accomplished practitioners.


Praise for Blue Surge

"[Gilman is a] writer of surprising gifts."—Chicago Tribune

"Exceptionally moving, beautifully written . . . Gilman clearly knows what theater can do at its best."—Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"Remarkable . . . Gilman is—quite unabashedly—an old-school dramatist, conjuring recognizable characters and situations . . . She does not think theater should be a metaphor for life or a poetic expression of life, but rather that it should be life."—Joanne Kaufman, New York

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Rebecca Gilman lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Rebecca Gilman

  • Rebecca Gilman, one of the finest young playwrights now at work in America, has been awarded several major prizes for her work. These include the American Theater Critics Association's Osborn Award, the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the George Devine Award, the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, the Scott McPherson Award, and an Illinois Arts Council playwrighting fellowship. A native of Alabama, Gilman lives in Chicago.