Curt is a small-town cop in the Midwest; Sandy is the nineteen-year-old prostitute he first tries to arrest, then attempts to help, at the cost of his badge. What Rebecca Gilman makes of this familiar scenario is something startlingly real and compelling, delving deeply into the small space that can divide a feeling of hope from one of hopelessness, as Curt and Sandy both try to get a foothold in the American dream of a house, a job, a life, a relationship with another human being.
Gilmans previous play, Boy Gets Girl, was acclaimed by Time magazine as the best play of 2000, saying that with Spinning into Butter, her play about race relations on campus, Rebecca Gilman gave notice that she was a playwright to watch. And with this intense drama of a womans encounter with a stalker, she became one to hail . . . Its not just a gripping play but also an important one. Marked by Gilmans characteristically sharp delineation of character, pitch-perfect dialogue, and effortless use of humor that is both biting and silly, Blue Surge is a worthy successor to these plays—an intimate look at the class struggle in America today as well as a brilliant example of the dramatic craft from one of todays most accomplished practitioners. It will have its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in the spring of 2001.