It’s all about tolerance. People are people no matter what, despite their preferences, likes and beliefs. We have gone through phases where we say, is this still prevalent? But there was an article in the New York Times recently about how much bullying and stuff still happens.
With this piece, we didn’t want it to be heavy with (a message for tolerance). So that is why we have the idea of these other folks coming down. It seemed like a good comic structure. The tricky thing is finding the tone and the two worlds - how they come together. That will be the biggest challenge.
Was this based on an actual event?
It was a combination of so many things we’ve read about and then we made our own story.
Brooks, tell us about your character.
Barry Glickman is a Broadway performer who got into the business to try and make a difference in the world. He is a catalyst on the New York side of things to get these actors and other performers together to go down and to make a difference and
For me it’s difficult. We get at least 10 new pages of dialogue a day. Trying to put it on its feet and learning and ingraining it in your mind, then having a few words different can be a mind game. But it’s good. It’s what we are used to. It’s exciting because you get to do those things. It’s very collaborative.
It’s a cool show for me. There have been some other shows I have been involved with that have depicted teenagers in a stereotypical way. Emma is based on real people and stories. I feel lucky to play her, because people go through what she has to go through.