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A modern romance becomes a nightmare in FTT’s ‘Boy Gets Girl’

Ankur Chawla | Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Beginning Thursday, the Notre Dame Department of Film, Television and Theatre will perform Rebecca Gilman’s “Boy Gets Girl,” originally produced by Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

The play, which follows the life of Theresa, a successful reporter in a big city, quickly spread around the world because of its modern take on dating and romantic pursuit.

Theresa is set up on a blind date with Tony, who seems nice enough but eventually becomes persistent and creepy, even after the two don’t hit it off. Left with the dilemma of how to escape his ever-present shadow, Theresa is faced with the possibility of losing everything dear to her: her home, her job and even her identity.

“Boy Gets Girl” is sure to become a classic for identifying women’s issues and portraying dating in the 21st century. The play is an earnest exploration into the effects of stalking and the helplessness felt by the victims.

According to the department’s Outreach Specialist Chris Sopczynski, the play has already gained attention in the South Bend community.

“There has been a very strong interest by both on and off campus organizations who address women and violence,” Sopczynski said

Siiri Scott, who previously directed shows such as “Big Love” for FTT, helms this production.

CREW

Director: Siiri Scott

Producer/Lighting Design: Kevin Dreyer

Stage Manager: Jennifer Sowinski

Set Design: Marcus Stephens

Costume Design: Richard E. Donnelly

Technical Direction: C. Kenneth Cole

CAST

Theresa Bedell: Kim Gaughan

Tony: Chris Stare

Howard Siegel: Kevin Argus

Mercer Stevens: Chris Silvestri

Harriet: Sloan Thacker

Det. Madeline Beck: Lucy Lavely

Les Kennkat: Brian Davenport

 

On Campus

What: “Boy Gets Girl” by Rebecca Gilman

Where: Philbin Theater at the Debartolo Performing Arts Center

When: Nov. 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 at 10 p.m. and Nov. 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m.

How much: $10 for students, $12 for faculty and staff, $15 for everyone else

Learn more: Call (574) 631-2800 or visit performingarts.nd.edu