|Written by||Gina Gionfriddo|
|Place premiered||Humana Festival of New American Plays|
Becky Shaw is a 2008 play written by Gina Gionfriddo.
The play had its world premiere at the 2008 Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Kentucky. The play was commissioned by the Actors Theatre of Louisville  after the success of Gionfriddo's last play, After Ashley, at the 2004 Humana Festival.
After the play opened to critical acclaim at the Humana Festival, it was soon announced that Second Stage Theatre would play host to its New York debut in the winter of 2008-09. Performances began at Second Stage on December 16, 2008, with a scheduled opening of January 8, 2009. The New York production saw the return of director Peter DuBois along with original cast members Annie Parisse (title role) and David Wilson Barnes. Emily Bergl, Kelly Bishop (A Chorus Line, Gilmore Girls) and Thomas Sadoski round out the New York cast. Due to positive reception and strong box office numbers, performances were extended through March 15, 2009. The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania produced the play from December 30, 2009 to February 7, 2010. The Australian premiere was produced by Echelon Productions at the MTC Lawler Studio in Melbourne opening on October 27, 2010. The production starred Daniel Frederiksen, Amanda Levy, Alex Papps, Kate Atkinson and Judith Roberts.
Kelly Bishop was cast as Susan, a woman with MS who hooks up with a man much younger than herself, and quite disreputable. Susan, a domineering woman, also has quite a dysfunctional relationship with her daughter Suzanna (Emily Bergl) in the play.
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A Pulitzer Prize finalist and smash hit that premiered Off-Broadway earlier this year, Becky Shaw is the latest comedy from Obie Award-winner Gina Gionfriddo (After Ashley, writer/producer of "Law & Order"). When Suzanna decides to set her best friend Max up on a blind date with her husband's mysterious co-worker, Becky Shaw, she sets into motion a series of cataclysmic events forever changing all of their lives. Mixing sharp wit and humor with the taut suspense of a psychological thriller, Becky Shaw is a comedy of romantic errors that keeps audiences at the edge of their seats guessing what will happen next.