Gina Gionfriddo

Plays by Gina Gionfriddo

Becky Shaw

Bloomsbury Publishing
Type: Text

Becky Shaw is an amusing and cleverly constructed comedy about ambition, the cost of being truthful and the perils of a blind date. The fast and funny dialogue navigates between five distinctively perverse and disingenuously dysfunctional characters.

From the moment that Becky arrives overdressed for her blind date with straight-talking Max, it is clear the evening won't go to plan. In the immediate fallout, Becky becomes an object of devotion for her boss Andrew, who appears to have a taste for vulnerable women. In turn Andrew's wife Suzanna turns to her step-brother Max for comfort, and their mutual desire begins to resurface.

Gina Gionfriddo's masterful play is a biting American comedy with sharp, witty dialogue and a carefully crafted story arc. Character-driven, Becky Shaw is a comic tale of tangled love lives and a subtle but acerbic comedy of manners. It was first staged at the Almeida Theatre in 2011.

audio Becky Shaw

LA Theatre Works
Type: Audio

Suzanna sets up Max, her best friend, on a blind date with her husband's co-worker, the mysterious Becky Shaw. What follows is a series of cataclysmic events that forever changes all their lives. Mixing sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller, Becky Shaw is a comedy of romantic errors – and a Pulitzer Prize finalist – that will keep audiences guessing.

An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring:

Emily Bergl as Suzanna Slater

Matt Letscher as Andrew Porter

Marsha Mason as Susan Slater

Mandy Siegfried as Becky Shaw

Josh Stamberg as Max Garrett

Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

Featuring: Emily Bergl, Matt Letscher, Marsha Mason, Mandy Siegfried, Josh Stamberg

Gina Gionfriddo is an American writer whose plays include Rapture, Blister, Burn; Becky Shaw; After Ashley; US Drag and Guinevere. She has won an Obie Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Helen Merrill Prize for Emerging Playwrights, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In addition to writing, Gionfriddo has taught playwriting at Brown University, Providence College, and Rhode Island College.