When I was a student at Juilliard, Marsha Norman had said to us if you want to write a good play, write about the thing that frightens you most in the world, and when I was in my early 20’s I honestly didn’t know what that was. I couldn’t think about what it might be. Then I left Juilliard and a few years passed by and I became a dad and when my son Nicholas was around three, I heard in quick succession two or three stories from friends who had friends with children who died very suddenly. And as a relatively new dad I, of course, put myself in the shoes of those parents and I thought how unbearable that would be and I experienced fear in a way that I never had before… when you have a child and the threat of losing that child puts a profound fear inside of you… and in it I suddenly thought, wait a minute, the thing that frightens me the most in the world, I now know what that is. This is what Marsha was talking about.
David Lindsay-Abaire on the seeds of Rabbit Hole
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