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as I wanted;" recalls Gilman, who
became a Midwesterner in the early
1990s. "It was about six years after I
got out of Iowa before I had a pro-
duction in Chicago, and that was

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The Glory of Living.
"I came to Chicago from Iowa
City because I had a job in the stan-
dardized testing industry. I also had
an agenda because I knew Chicago
was a really great theater town,
where it's a lot easier than New York
A scene from the Theatre Company's "The
to get things done financially. I got
involved with Chicago Dramatists, a Glory of Living"
playwrights organization, and
through them, I started meeting
critical to the play," Orbach says. "The
directors."
plot seems so innocent at the begin-
As public interest and opportuni-
ning, but it carries a lot of baggage
ties grew, Gilman could fulfill her
while probing ideas of what is roman-
dream of working full
tic and what can
time as a writer. Her
become the aura of
other plays include
romance."
Spinning into Butter, an
Gilman, who likes to
exploration of racial
travel and camp in
problems - on a college
Michigan, accepts writ-
campus, and The Crime
ing commissions in
of the Century, a portrait
addition to moving
of the eight nurses killed
ahead with her own
by Richard Speck.
initiatives. As far as she
"Boy Gets Girl is about
knows, JET is the first
the ways in which
Jewish theater compa-
women often are objecti-
ny that has presented
fied in our society and
her work.
the effects that can have
Although her dad is
on their sense of them-
Jewish, Gilman was
selves," the playwright
raised as an
Rebecca Gilman: "I
explains. "My plays have
think all writers can take Episcopalian.
some relationship to my
"I actually wrote an
the seed of something
experience on some level,
early
play about my
that's happened to them
and I think all writers can and grow a larger situa-
father and his family,
take the seed of some-
but that has never been
tion out of that."
thing that's happened to
produced," says
them and grow a larger
Gilman, married to
situation out of that.
novelist Charles Harmon. "I'm cur-
"I've never been a victim of a stalker, rently working on an adaptation of
thankfully, but I know what it's like to
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, the
have been made to feel like I'm noth-
Carson McCullers novel.
ing while another person is trying to
"The book feels very pertinent. It's
objectify me. Any woman who gets a
set during the Depression and the rise
catcall on the street knows what that
of fascism in Europe. Through this
feels like."
story, I've been able to address some of
As Evelyn Orbach works out the
the things I've been thinking about
direction of the JET drama, she is
regarding our current economy, which
confident every character will be
seems to be increasingly for the rich
remembered.
and against the poor."
"These people are all definitive and

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