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BECKY'S NEW CAR

Directed by Jim Lambert

In Association with the Southern Illinoisan

Performances are April 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19

Becky Foster is a relatively happy, middle-aged wife and mother overworked at the automobile dealership where she answers the phone several hundred times a day: Then one night when she's in the salesroom late, a befuddled, widowed millionaire walks in, looking to buy some cars as gifts for his employees. When Becky recommends an all-wheel-drive sports coupe, remarking that her husband always wanted one, a wrong impression is conveyed, and Becky’s life becomes a juggling act no mortal can master. Her life and those of her family and the millionaire are turned inside out as Becky attempts living a double life, barely escaping detection by the hilarious coincidences that occur. Plenty of laughs lead to a happy and audience friendly ending.

SETTING

The play is set in an American city, much like Seattle.

PLAYWRIGHT STEVEN DEITZ

Steven Dietz (born 23 June 1958) is an American playwright whose work is largely performed regionally, i.e. outside of New York City. In 2010, Dietz was once again one of the most produced playwrights in America (excluding Shakespeare), placing eighth on the list, tied with Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee for number of productions.[1] Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Dietz graduated in 1980 with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, after which he moved to Minneapolis and began his career as a director of new plays at The Playwrights' Center and other local theaters. He lived and worked in Seattle from 1991 to 2006. He now divides his time between Seattle and Austin, Texas where he teaches playwriting and directing at the University of Texas at Austin.[3]

He is the recipient of the