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Making "Up": Playwright Bridget Carpenter's dream comes to life at Steppenwolf | Newcity Stage
By Monica Westin Bridget Carpenter's "Up, " opening next week at Steppenwolf, centers around a man whose greatest moment was decades earlier when he created a flying lawn chair propelled by weather balloons, and whose return to inventing in order to escape the demands of daily life impacts his family's pragmatism and own dreams. Newcity spoke with Carpenter, winner of a Guggenheim fellowship and a writer and producer for "Friday Night Lights," the week before the play opened. I couldn't help but notice that your play is showing during the same time as Pixar's animated film by the same name. I thought that was a major coincidence, although your play was actually first produced in 2002. Under other conditions I might feel exasperated. In fact, I just saw the film, and it's a wonderful, beautiful movie… so it's more serendipitous synchronicity in this case. I actually thought it was amazing that the two stories aren't at all the same story and don't come from the same inspiration, but