New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 10 - Page 124

with everything the play addresses, it just made sense that the play is written as such. Moreover, to deliver mental health issues and life events that we each face every day would’ve been sad and I feared it wouldn’t attract audiences and if it did, it’d leave a bitter taste of reality. So I decided to break up the monotony by adding some elements of comedy and instead show that even in some of the worst circumstances and life events, we can find laughter. Much like when many of us say, “I had to laugh to keep from crying,” it’s almost essential that we sometimes chuckle and laugh an issue off of our shoulders. It’s not the easiest thing to do though, write a comedy, dark or otherwise, about such issues and calamities and surround them with elements set to bring forth laughter. Well, the act of writing isn’t difficult, but digesting the darkness while writing about 2015 - ISSUE 10 124