Disaster Drama The True History of the Johnstown Flood at Goodman Theatre
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The last date listed for The True History of the Johnstown Flood was Sunday April 4, 2010 / 2:00pm.
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Featured review from Michelle H.
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Definitely read your program and prime yourself a little on what this is about going into it, otherwise you might be royally confused for a while. I've heard many bad reviews of this, but knowing what I was in for beforehand, I actually quite liked it.
The devastating Johnstown Flood of 1889 serves as the backdrop for this provocative world premiere by Rebecca Gilman. Baxter Theatre Troupe—comprised of siblings James, Richard and Fanny—has been summoned to perform at an exclusive resort next to a beautiful man-made lake in the Pennsylvania mountains. Although the troupe’s repertoire consists of the romantic trifles typical of the era, James envisions a different kind of play, exposing the true struggles of common people. When a violent rainstorm compromises the lake’s shoddily constructed dam, the resulting disaster lays bare the tragic inequities of the rigid class system—and paves the way for a seismic change in both theater and society.
Rebecca Gilman’s plays include The Crowd You’re In With, Dollhouse, Spinning Into Butter, Boy Gets Girl, Blue Surge, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and The Glory of Living. Her plays have been produced at Goodman Theatre, the Royal Court Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club and Manhattan Class Company. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright and The George Devine Award. Ms. Gilman was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for her play The Glory of Living. Ms. Gilman is an assistant professor of playwriting and screenwriting in the MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage program at Northwestern University.