ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Rebecca Gilman emerged as one of the most interesting and talented American playwrights in the late 1990s with such provocative dramas as “The Glory of Living,” “Spinning into Butter,” and “Blue Surge.”
Originally from the south, she was ideally suited to adapt for the stage Carson McCullers’ 1940 novel “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.”
The drama opened in Atlanta in 2005, and has also played in New York and Chicago. Now, it is receiving its southwest premiere at the Vortex Theatre, in a solid production directed by James Cady.
What makes McCullers’ novel so stirring is its realistic depiction of a miscellaneous assortment of lonely and eccentric southerners, whose lives converge in a small impoverished mining town in Georgia in the 1930s.