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The Truth Quotient q&a preview by Richard D. Manley
January 3, 2013

What is your job on this show?

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
In college, when I wrote plays for school competitions. I was fascinated by the effect of words on the audience.

Why do you do theater (as opposed to film, or TV, or something not in the entertainment field)?
I love the real-time aspect of live theater, and the power of language in such an in-your-face setting. In drama especially, the words are the primary medium.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
The Truth Quotient takes place a few years from now, when overcoming loneliness and feeling loved are no less of a problem than they have always been, but technology offers more solutions to those who can afford them. First, it should entertain, should be a provocative, engaging evening of theater. But I want the impressions to last. My most memorable theater experiences have had me talking for days afterward. There are no absolutes; there is no sermon in my work. But I do hope that I raise questions about how we relate to each other, what motivates our big decisions, what we really want when we strip away all the “supposed to’s”. If I succeed, conversation about the play should continue long after the audience has left the theater.

People who like which of the following recent Broadway shows would also probably like your show: THE BOOK OF MORMON, ONCE, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who are your heroes?
Heroes is too strong a word, but I admire those who challenge expectations. Wallace Stevens comes to mind, for example, and Pablo Neruda. David Foster Wallace is another.