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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

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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

  • Spinning Into Butter: A Play, Faber & Faber, 2000
  • Boy Gets Girl: A lay, Faber & Faber, 2000
  • The Glory of Living: A Play, Faber & Faber, 2001
  • Dollhouse: A Play, Northwestern University Press, 2010

Selected Titles At Your Library

Spinning into butter :
ISBN: 0571199844. OCLC Number:

Faber and Faber,. New York :. 2000.

Sarah Daniels, the liberal and well-intentioned Dean of Students at a small, mostly white college in Vermont, is forced to confront her own struggles with racism after a black student begins to receive ugly racist notes.

Boy gets girl :
ISBN: 0571199836. OCLC Number:

Faber and Faber,. New York :. 2000.

The story of Theresa Bedell, a New York reporter in her mid 30's who goes on an awkward blind date with Tony, the friend of a friend. She sees no reason to continue the relationship-but her date 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 to violently menace her and those around her. Ultimately Theresa is forced to abandon her job and New York and even her name to escape from Tony.

The glory of living :
ISBN: 0571199984. OCLC Number:

Faber and Faber,. New York :. 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?

Dollhouse :
ISBN: 0810126311. OCLC Number:

Northwestern University Press,. Evanston, Ill. :. 2010.

"Nora seems to have it all: a successful husband, three adorable children, and a beautiful home in the tiny 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, single-mindedly 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."--Back cover.


  • Osborn Award,
  • The Glory of Living

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

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