By Rebecca Gilman
Oct. 14 - Nov. 5, 2005
Directed by Doobie Potter
BOY GETS GIRL could be the title of a frothy romantic comedy, but in Rebecca
Gilman's play, the title has a chilling meaning when we see how far a young man
goes to "get" the object of his obsession.
The modern thriller has its Oklahoma premiere at Carpenter Square Theatre
October 14 and plays through November 5 in Stage Center's Arena
Theater at 400 W. Sheridan in downtown Oklahoma City.
Using deft touches of humor mixed with tension, playwright Gilman explores both
obsession and sexism in her true-to-life tale. Theresa Bedell hasn't had a date
in a year and a half. She's a successful, career-driven writer at The World, a
New Yorker-style magazine, but she is now at the point where a relationship
would complete the picture.
A friend sets Theresa up on a blind date, and there she meets Tony, a seemingly
nice enough young man, but she quickly surmises that they have nothing in
common. The conversation is strained. Her jokes and references go over his head;
he pushes too hard. Theresa isn't interested, but Tony is smitten. He barrages
her with flowers, calls her repeatedly and bursts in at unexpected times. When
Theresa is adamant about not seeing him again, things rapidly turn nasty, and
Theresa's friends and co-workers become embroiled in her fearful dilemma. How
far will this boy go to get the girl and how far will she have to go to get
In her relatively short writing career, Rebecca Gilman has garnered tremendous
recognition for her work. BOY GETS GIRL was named Time Magazine's #1 Play of
2000, and was featured in the collection "The Best Plays of 2000-2001". In
Chicago, the play received the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Play. In
addition, Ms. Gilman holds the distinction of being the first American ever to
win London's Evening Standard Award for most promising playwright for "The Glory
of Living", which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001.
Carpenter Square Theatre is the recipient of a project assistance grant from the
Oklahoma Arts Council for this production. The theater is an Allied Arts member
agency and this production is an Allied Arts Star Card event.