My step-daughter in L.A. went to see it. She loved it.
She said to me, "You would sooooooooo love this play."
She thought Orson Bean was brilliant. Made me happy, as she had not even heard of him before that.
I found the last two questions and answers in the interview very important.
Often the character does NOT make an "illogical" choice and the play can be fine. The character may have to make a choice between the "brave" and the "weak, (or whatever the choice quality.) However each will have different consequences by degree, but both are true to character. A day later or earlier the character may have made the opposite choice. Life is all in the timing.
Sadly to me, I have seen creeping into storytelling so often – and in some genres it has almost become almost a must - because the writer feels they MUST make an illogical choice because that is what they have been "taught" to do in playwriting classes and screenwriting classes. The Illogical choice is often just "overlaid" by the writer and it does not ring true…because it a mechanical overlay to the story, and not an intrinsic choice…no matter how difficult or easy it was for the character to make. It is used SOLELY and MERELY to surprise or shock or mechanical twist, but has no other value, which is cheesy. It leaves me disinterested.
How many times have you seen a play or movie and you walk out and say, "Why didn't the character just do "so and so?" It is because the choices he made were loaded on like frosting and not in the recipe of his character.
What really resonated with me was that you really have to feel a character in order for him to develop. Very true. There must be some emotional connection and resonance between the author and his characters, otherwise how can they exhibit authentic emotion themselves and thus be believable?
One of the things I liked in the interview was how, in describing his inspiration for the play, Drukman talks about how he delighted in catching a student plagiarizing and then felt fully justified in confronting her since she was a "bad student." This personal mea culpa on the part of the author reminded me of the Matthew Broderick character in "Election" taking on Tracy Flick - especially when Drukman states that he later had to retract his stand with the administration since he was in line for tenure.
In my opinion, this sort of "double edged sword" causing a vexing moral dilemma (in this case for the author in real life) is the stuff good drama is made of. - Jim C