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Rebecca Gilman (b. 1964 in Trussville, Alabama) is an American playwright. She attended Middlebury College, graduated from Birmingham-Southern College, and earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa. She lives in Chicago and serves on the board of the Dramatists Guild of America.[1]

Gilman was the first American playwright to win an Evening Standard Award. She serves on the advisory board for Chicago Dramatists.[2] She was awarded the 2008 Harper Lee Award.[3]

Her most widely known work is Spinning Into Butter, a play that addresses political correctness and racial identity.

A production of her adaptation of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter was the occasion of a protest by actors who felt only a deaf person should play a deaf person on stage.[4][5]


  • The American in Me
  • The Glory of Living, a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and won an Osborn Award, an After Dark Award, a Jeff Citation, the George Devine Award, and the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright
  • Spinning Into Butter, which won the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays and a Jeff Award
  • The Crime of the Century
  • Boy Gets Girl
  • Blue Surge
  • The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, adapted from the novel by Carson McCullers
  • Dollhouse, adapted from Henrik Ibsen's play
  • The Crowd You're In With
  • The Boys are Coming Home (book by Gilman, music and lyrics by Leslie Arden)[6]
  • Lord Butterscotch and the Curse of the Darkwater Phantom (co-written with Lisa Dillman and Brett Neveu; world premiere Fall 2007.)

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