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“This play came about mainly from experiences in my own life dealing with the idea of abusive power. That has always been a fascinating topic to me. It also came from people that I knew and met and had experiences with, learning about their stories, how they grew up, what they had seen. I carried all that around with me, eventually getting it on the page as best I could. It is set in two time frames. The first act takes place on August 6, 1988, in New York City, the night of the Tompkins Square police riots in the East Village. The second act flashes forward to 2015, set in an upscale apartment in Tribeca. The central character is a young boy in the first act. Of course, he is grown in the second act and he learns a few things, hopefully, right in front of the audience. I started writing this play in October of last year after I had become a Los Angeles resident. I was so lucky that when I had the opportunity to have this produced as part of this new entity, The Los Angeles Theatre Festival, I was so fortunate to have the phenomenal Terri Treas want to direct it. She is this brilliant talent who has worked on Broadway and TV, trained with Bob Fosse, written for television. She and our producer, Michael Zand, have taught me so much while we have been developing this work. They both helped to bring out the humor in what I consider to be a dark work. I was sure this play had to have a negative ending. Working with a great cast and such a smart and intuitive directing/producing team, I learned the ending could be different.”
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