Hot playwright Rebecca Gilman will be getting another break out production — this time a world premiere in San Francisco, introducing the writer to the Bay Area. The American in Me, to be directed by Amy Glazer (Wyoming, Stonewall Jackson's House), will make its debut at the Magic Theatre June 8-July 8.
This new social satire tells of the lengths a contemporary couple will go to conceive a child, often with surprising consequences. When Ben and Jeannie realize nature is not going to grant them a baby, they turn to the fertility industry for help. As Jeannie denies that she has never grown up herself, her husband realizes that there is a vast difference between what he has and what he wants. Surrounding the couple are the power-mad mother who heads up their childlessness support group, a weary executive endlessly delivering motivational seminars and Jeannie's father who figures the only way to get his daughter what she wants is to harass Ben.
A longtime associate of Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Gilman has recently sent two of her Goodman plays to New York City - Spinning Into Butter, which played Lincoln Center Theater's Mitzi E. Newhouse Stage; and Boy Gets Girl, which recently ended a run at Manhattan Theatre Club. She is also the author of Osborn Award winner The Glory of Living, The Land of Little Horses, My Sin and Nothing More and Blue Surge, which premieres at the Goodman Theatre this summer. Gilman will be in residence at the Magic during the play's run.
Jeff Parker will play Ben with Bethanny Alexander as Jeannie. Also in the cast are Anne Darragh (Winnie, the support group leader), Julian Lopez Morillas (Leeth, Jeannine's father), Robert Parsons, Richard Gallaghter, Nicole Fonarow, Laura Owen and Michael Ray Wisely.
The Magic Theatre is located in Building D at the Fort Mason Center on Marina Boulevard. For reservations, (415) 441-8822. The Magic Theatre is on line at http://www.magictheatre.org. — By Christine Ehren