Ted Sod, Roundabout’s Education Dramaturg, interviewed director Jonathan Berry to discuss the play.
Ted Sod: Why did you want to direct Suicide, Incorporated?
Jonathan Berry: For this play, I think Andrew has so beautifully and painfully captured what it is to be a young man in the world. The play is remarkably clear-eyed and honest in its dealing with the challenges society places on men – the perception that all men must remain strong, that somehow the showing of emotion is a sign of weakness, and the damage that can occur when there is no release from that pressure. The image of the man being strong and silent has dominated our perception of what is “correct” and is so deeply embedded in our cultural understanding. I am grateful to be a part of a vehicle that addresses that bias head on, while at the same time being honest about the challenges men face and compassionate to those who are struggling with it. It’s great to be a part of a project that dares to voice a truth that is often ignored.
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2011-2012 Season, Education @ Roundabout, Roundabout Underground, Suicide, Incorporated, Upstage