There were two. They were both at school at Illinois State University. Of course, I’ve probably seen much better plays since then, plays that have knocked me out—so many that I can’t list them. Every year I see something. I just saw “The Other Place,’ that Laurie Metcalfe was in. Her performance and that of her daughter’s were just so stunning that I couldn’t speak afterwards…But the main one I saw was a production—in college, you can do things without rights, you know?—so some friends adapted Franny and Zooey, the Salinger book, and it was a workshop and it was about 2 ½ hours long straight through, and I sat there and just had so many revelations about my own life watching it. They were just talking and it was so perfect, it was so real in the room that it just shook me and I never ever forgot it at the palette for how I wanted to work; there was a production in the same workshop of Of Mice and Men. It was another one that killed me. That’s when theater, I don’t know if that’s the barometer for what it should bring to you, but when it devastates in a way that you don’t expect, what more can you ask?
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