Throughout a dinner break from rehearsals in mid-January, Prince, Brown and Sherman mentioned how engaged on the musical had modified their perceptions about journalism, how the present had developed over the previous decade and what they needed the viewers to go away the theater speaking about. These are edited excerpts from the dialog.
Daisy, how has the present advanced within the many years since your preliminary concept?
DAISY PRINCE I used to be naïve in pondering that, in some way, the explosion of social media and the simpler entry to info would arrange a checks-and-balances system. However what I hadn’t accounted for was the truth that we’ve grow to be far more of a tradition of perception, as an alternative of 1 that accepts the truth that there’s goal fact.
JASON ROBERT BROWN The largest factor that occurred was the Trump presidency. The day earlier than we did our first studying, Kellyanne Conway had used the time period “different information.” So, immediately, our present was within the context of this presidency that was constructed on a basis of bullshit, and we had been like, “Oh, that’s truly the present we’ve been writing is the story of the way you get to a tradition of bullshit.” How do you get to a spot the place no one has any cause to consider something that they don’t wish to consider?
However the present is ready within the late Nineteen Nineties. Why did you determine on that period?
PRINCE In the event you’re going to attempt to discover a second when the scales are about to tip, that was the second. It wasn’t simply the explosion of the web, however as a result of extra younger individuals had been adept at utilizing the web, older individuals discovered themselves in a really peculiar and precarious place when it got here to employment. And the individuals on this present are combating that.
You started collaborating on this present in 2011. Why has it remained a precedence for you?
BROWN The concept that an viewers comes into this and walks out of it pondering deeply, and maybe in a different way, about the best way they take a look at the information, the best way they take a look at the media, the best way they take a look at the web, the best way they take a look at even their relationships is admittedly necessary to me.