American Literature of the Sea and Great Lakes

TO GILLIAN, ON HER 37th BIRTHDAY (first perf. 1983; pub. 1984). Set on Nantucket,* this play by Michael Brady (1949- ) deals with the aftermath of title character Gillian’s death during a boating accident on rough waters two years earlier. Her husband, David, who had attempted suicide on the first anniversary of her death, still has difficulty with his grief and guilt. Through ministrations of family and friends, as well as visions of his deceased wife on the dunes near their beach house, David begins to accept Gillian’s death and proceed with his life. In 1996 a film version was released starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter Gallagher, and Claire Danes. [See also DRAMA OF THE SEA]

Brian T. Carney