New Jersey Stage 2015 - Issue 10 - Page 125

the characters seeking light at the end of the tunnel is, because we know mental health is not so meek an ailment. It’s especially painful when you know the issues you’ve imposed on these characters’ lives are happening to someone, even right now. Has mental illness or thoughts of suicide directly affected your life or the lives of people around you?  Was the play inspired by a real life group therapy session? Yes, mental health has affected me on many levels. When I left the cut throat corporate world it was because I had a boss who wanted me to fire people for little things and was just—I couldn’t do it. The pressure I endured watching her pick with the employees I supervised was team-too-much. I began having panic attacks, then seizures and when I went out on a medical leave of absence, I became depressed. In order to continue getting paid via my Watch “Do You Believe in Murphy’s Law?” NewJerseyStage.com 2015 - ISSUE 10 125