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riff on its themes, with some fun references planted for those who know, but it’s definitely it’s own creature. I certainly owe a debt to the way the verse and rhythms function in the Macbeth/Lady Macbeth scenes. The other big inspiration for the play were June and Jennifer Gibbons, who are utterly fascinating. In retrospect, and thinking about the Gibbons twins, I think what drew me to the idea was how intensely they both loved and hated each other—attachment and resentment. There are a lot of identity politics in the play, and the need to carve out an individual identity feels so primal. So the stakes of that, the life-and-death stakes, felt right. I went to a pretty intense high school, where we all kind of knew who would be the April 27-May 27, Rabb Hall, 700 Boylston St. T ickets available at companyone.org.
three kids who were going to Harvard. Because of that, I actually felt pretty spared from the pressure of needing to be “the best.” But I witnessed some of my friends devastated when they didn’t get into “the good Ivies.” That probably did inform the play. The play is a satire, and people say and do some truly terrible things in it. There’s always the danger with satire that folks take it literally. I hope people are able to recognize that this is an American story. What kinds of values are we instilling in our young people? What’s our complicity as a society in the structures that shape these values?