Boy Gets Girl A Play

Rebecca Gilman

Faber & Faber



Trade Paperback

128 Pages



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

This is the dilemma facing Theresa Bedell, a reporter in New York who 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.

Boy Gets Girl brilliantly delineates the kind of terror a woman in full control of her life feels when everything around her suddenly seems to be a threat. Indeed, 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.


Praise for Boy Gets Girl

"One of the finest, most disturbing American plays in years."—Richard Zoglin, Time

"[A] provocative, unsettling play, further proof of Gilman's ability to shake up a theater audience with the power of her ideas—and words."—Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune

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Boy Gets Girl
act oneScene oneA table in a bar, two chairs. TONY sits alone, a little nervous, waiting for someone. He is an attractive man in his thirties. He is drinking a beer. THERESA enters, a bit hesitant. She carries a big bag, looks a little flustered. They stare at each other for a second. 
THERESA Tony?TONY Theresa? (They laugh awkwardly.) Hi. (He rises, offers his hand, she shakes it.)THERESA I'm sorry I'm late.TONY It's okay.THERESA No, I just ... I didn't want you to be sitting here thinking I wasn't going to come. I mean, I wouldn't do that. I tried to call but I can't
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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.