The Middle Class is Sick. Rebecca Gilman Has the Cure.

A scene from Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 (Photo: Liz Lauren)
Playwright Rebecca Gilman (Photo: Liz Lauren)

Rebecca Gilman’s plays include Luna Gale, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, Dollhouse, Boy Gets Girl, Spinning Into Butter, Blue Surge, The Glory of Living, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and The Crowd You’re in With. Her long list of awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright and an Illinois Arts Council playwriting fellowship along with many, many others. Boy Gets Girl received an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play and in 2001 The Glory of a Living was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She teaches playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University and is an Artistic Associate at the Goodman Theatre, a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and a board member of the ACLU of Illinois. In this episode we’re going to be talking about Rebecca’s play Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976, currently running at the Goodman Theatre through June 19th. So call a union meeting and gather around to hear how today’s middle class compares with the economic climate people lived in just 40 years ago–and what we can do to recover that sense of stability and communal support.

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Sean Douglass
Sean Douglass is the Managing Editor of The Clyde Fitch Report, as well as an author, playwright and dramaturg. He is the Company Dramaturg for Something Marvelous, Chicago's annual magical realism festival, and has previously worked at Northlight Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. His plays have been produced or developed at UW-Madison, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, The Chicago Fringe Festival, Luminous Theatre of Milwaukee, Something Marvelous, Chicago Dramatists and Stagecloud. He also hosts the CFR's podcast The Scene.