“What does this have to do with us?” the dramaturg asks during the production meeting after the sound designer has talked about some of the potential musical selections. The question has become something of a habit for the meetings now and causes the production staff to take a pause and then discuss the options and other alternatives. The dramaturg asks the same thing at rehearsal at least once a week and the question is a touchstone of the collaborative process. The play is about teenagers; however, it is very far removed from the realities of the college audience, and finding points of connection has become a primary goal of the production team, consistently reinforced in production choices, prompted by ...

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