To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday is a play in two acts. The time is the present. The place is the back deck and beach of David's island home. The action traces the final weekend of August.
David - age 37, college professor temporarily retired.
Rachel - age 16, David's daughter
Cindy - age 16, Rachel's friend
Paul - age 38, David's brother-in-law, married to Esther
Esther - age 39, David's sister-in-law, a psychologist, married to Paul
Kevin - age 28, female, friend of Paul and Esther, recently divorced
Gillian - age 35, David's former wife who died in a sailing accident two years prior to the events of the play, Esther's sister, Rachel's mom
David loves his wife, Gillian. Unfortunately, she died two years ago. David deals with his grief by continuing his romance with Gillian during walks with her "ghost" on the beach at night. While David lives in the past, other family problems crop up in the present in the real world. Esther and Paul come for a visit to try to help Rachel. She has lost her mother and needs her father to snap back into the real world and help her.
It was awarded the Oppenheimer Award for best play of 1983.
To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday" is published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc.