Swing State

By Rebecca Gilman, Directed by Robert Falls

April 1 - May 1 in the Owen Theatre

Feuds erupt between once-friendly neighbors when an out-of-state power company starts a land grab in a rural Wisconsin community. Peg, a retired teacher, fights to save the land she loves – but it's hard to know who your friends are in a world where politics are more polarized than ever. In her 10th Goodman production, Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman draws a contemporary portrait of America’s heartland in a time when it seems like everyone has a different idea of what it means to be an American

 

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Swing State

  • Rebecca Gilman, Playwright
    Rebecca Gilman, Playwright

    Rebecca Gilman is an artistic associate at Goodman Theatre. Her plays include Luna Gale; A True History of the Johnstown Flood; Dollhouse; Boy Gets Girl; Spinning Into Butter; Blue Surge (all of which were originally produced by the Goodman); Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 and The Crowd You’re in With (also at the Goodman); The Glory of Living; The Sweetest Swing in Baseball and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Gilman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, The Harper Lee Award, The Scott McPherson Award, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, The George Devine Award, The Theatre Masters Visionary Award, The Great Plains Playwright Award, a Global Connections Grant by Theatre Communications Group, an American Scandinavian Foundation Creative Writing Grant and an Illinois Arts Council playwriting fellowship. Boy Gets Girl received an Olivier nomination for Best New Play. Gilman was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for The Glory of Living. She is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and a board member of the ACLU of Illinois. A graduate of the MFA in playwriting program from the University of Iowa, Gilman is now a professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University as part of its MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage program. In 2016, she was inducted into the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.

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  • Robert Falls, Director
    Robert Falls, Director

    Robert Falls most recently, in an unprecedented collaboration between Showtime and The Actors Fund, Goodman Theatre presented Falls’ Tony Award-winning production of Death of a Salesman in a limited streaming run. Additional recent Goodman credits include The Winter’s TaleWe’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of TimePamplonaAn Enemy of the People2666 and The Iceman Cometh. Falls’ Broadway productions include Death of a SalesmanLong Day’s Journey into NightTalk RadioShining City and The Young Man from Atlanta. His Broadway production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida continues to be produced around the world. Previous Goodman productions include, most notably, The SeagullUncle VanyaMeasure for MeasureKing LearDesire Under the ElmsFinishing the PictureThe MisanthropePal JoeyGalileoHouse and GardenBlue SurgeDollhouse and Luna Gale. Falls’ honors for directing include a Tony Award (Death of a Salesman), a Drama Desk Award (Long Day’s Journey into Night), an Obie Award (subUrbia), a Helen Hayes Award (King Lear) and multiple Jeff Awards. For “outstanding contributions to theater,” he has also been recognized with such prestigious honors as the Savva Morozov Diamond Award (Moscow Art Theatre), the O’Neill Medallion (Eugene O’Neill Society) and the Illinois Arts Council Governor’s Award. Falls was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2015. 

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