As is traditional in these interviews, Delany insists there are "no plans whatsoever" beyond the Goodman's production but she is a bona fide name — and similarly unusual (and similarly personal) projects such as Lucas Hnath's "Dana H"
have moved to Broadway. It would seem this could also become a movie or a TV show. (The Mark Gordon Company, a Hollywood production outfit, is involved already).
Once "Highway Patrol" opens, the cat will leap out of the bag and the complexities of Delany's Twitter life likely will be much discussed. She says she understands that will happen. But she's hoping audiences will not give away the mystery and, for now, she's enjoying the element of surprise.
What lessons might we all take from this, whatever this may be?
"I think it says something about our times," Delany says, "and the loneliness we all feel."
Delany says she once was described by the crime writer James Ellroy as "all outside access and inner reserve," seemingly an adroit and closely observed observation.
Or will "Highway Patrol" suggest otherwise?
Only one way for Delany's fans to find out. Now in previews, opens Jan. 30 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn St.; 312-443-3800 and www.goodmantheatre.org