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Blue Surge

A Play

Rebecca Gilman

Faber & Faber

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.

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Praise for Blue Surge

"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

A new play about a policeman and a prostitute--and the dead-end lives they both face--by a "writer of surprising gifts" --Chicago Tribune

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Blue Surge

A Play

Rebecca Gilman

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