October 26, 2017

‘Boy Gets Girl’ comes to Moe Theater

“Boy Gets Girl,” hailed by critics as “a provocative, unsettling play,” comes to Southern Illinois University Carbondale Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 26-29, at the Christian H. Moe Laboratory Theater. 

The play tells the story of Theresa Bedell, a journalist in New York City, who accepts a blind date with charming Tony. It’s awkward, but Theresa remains optimistic, agreeing to meet Tony again the following weekend. However, a continuous flood of flowers and phone calls raises her suspicions, and she finds herself the focus of a stalker’s attention. In the end, she must make a choice to fight or flee. 

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $18, with student tickets at $6. Seating is limited. 

Graduate student Kelly Jordan directs the play. She and dramaturge Brooke Oehme, along with faculty members in the Women and Sexuality Studies program, will discuss the play during a “talkback” after the opening night. Oehme will also provide a lecture at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 29, before the final performance of the play. She will discuss the “do’s and don’t’s of safety.” 

Rebecca Gilman, the playwright, debuts her plays at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, where she is in residence as an artistic associate. “Boy Gets Girl” was a 2001 Outer Critics Circle Award winner and a 2002 Best New Play Olivier Award winner. Gilman is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and a board member of the ACLU of Illinois. 

Tickets are available at the door beginning one hour before each performance. To reserve tickets, call 877-725-8547 or order online. Tickets are also available at the McLeod Theater box office during regular office hours.