Gilman will be the ninth featured playwright since Eclipse adopted its "One Playwright, One Season" mission in 1997. She joins John Guare, Lanford Wilson, Romulus Linney, Lillian Hellman, Tennessee Williams, Jean Cocteau, Neil Simon and Keith Reddin as writers whose bodies of works have been explored in one season. (Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre in Manhattan similarly looks at one writer each season.) The season will kick off March 17-April 23, 2006, with The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, directed by ensemble member Nathaniel Swift. One of Gilman's newer works, it "follows the story of Dana Fielding, a successful artist whose latest exhibition flops along with her personal life. To dig herself out of crisis, she is admitted to a psychiatric hospital and seeks inspiration from the unlikeliest of sources—the bad boy of America’s favorite pastime."
This will be followed by what is Gilman's most famous work, Spinning Into Butter, the tale of an administrative official at a small college who comes face to face with her own latent racism. It will run July 21–Sept. 23, 2006. The season will conclude in fall 2006 with a final Gilman piece yet to be announced.
Eclipse will present their entire 2006 season at the Victory Gardens Theater.
The Eclipse ensemble is Cecil Averett, Rom Barkhordar, Cheri Chenoweth, Chris Corwin, Julie Daley, Steven Fedoruk, Thomas Jones, Anish Jethmalani, CeCe Klinger, Maren Robinson, Kevin Scott, Steve Scott, Tiffany Scott, Gary Simmers, Nathaniel Swift, Katie Vandehey, and Francis Wilkerson.