To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (play)

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To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday is an American play by Michael Brady, in 1984. [1] It was developed through the literary department of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and M Square Entertainment and moved to Circle in the Square. [2]



To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday is a play in two acts. The time is the present. The place is the back deck and beach of David's island home. The action traces the final weekend of August.



David loves his wife, Gillian. Unfortunately, she died two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance with Gillian during walks with her "ghost" on the beach at night. While David lives in the past, other family problems crop up in the present in the real world. Esther and Paul come for a visit to try to help Rachel. She has lost her mother and needs her father to snap back into the real world and help her.


In 1996, it was produced as a film by Sony Pictures and starred Peter Gallagher, Claire Danes, Kathy Baker, Wendy Crewson, Freddie Prinze Jr., Seth Green, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Gillian. [3]


It was awarded the Oppenheimer Award for best play of 1983. [4]


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  1. Beaufort, John (March 29, 1984). "'Gillian' explores family tragedy with care and compassion; To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. Play by Michael Brady, Directed by Pamala Berlin". The Christian Science Monitor . Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  2. Plunka, Gene A. (2012). Staging Holocaust Resistance. Springer p. 195. ISBN   978-1-1370-0061-3.
  3. Macor, Alison (October 25, 1996). "To Gillian On Her Thirty-Seventh Birthday". The Austin Chronicle . Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  4. "Showtimers Community Theatre to present 'To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday' June 3–14". The Roanoke Times . May 29, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2019.