GA Voice - - Outspoken -

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.

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