Steven Dietz discusses his world premiere play at ACT, Becky's New Car.
This latest work -- which is the inaugural play in ACT's "New Works for the American Stage" program -- centers on a woman named Becky Foster (played by Kimberly King), who has a job at an auto dealership, a husband, and a freeloading son, but can't stop the nagging suspicion that she's missed out on something. "I was interested in exploring the corners of our life that we sometimes don't walk into," says Dietz. "In some ways this is a road-not-taken play -- a woman in midlife has an opportunity to make a turn and live a different life. In other plays, I've been intrigued by the question: what secrets about ourselves are we keeping, that we talk ourselves out of or rationalize away? There's something bittersweet in the play; this woman has to make choices to have new and different things in her life, and we're counting on that to produce the comedy."