Since rehearsals began, Barden has attended all rehearsals and revised his script as needed. Timmerman said having him there "is an amazing experience. Dan generously responds to the actors, incorporating their ideas into the play. The actors are truly enjoying the rare opportunity to be deeply involved with the script revision process."
Barden, whose second novel, The Next Right Thing, was published by The Dial Press in 2012, said writing plays is "infinitely more fun" than writing novels because "you get to bring the characters into your room and say, 'Hey, say this for me and let me see how that sounds.'
"If the lines are not funny or dramatic or moving, it's clear to everyone in the room, and it's clear to everyone in the room that it's my fault," he said. "So the moment of horrible reckoning is very sharp and very short and I go back and make it better very quickly."
Ultimately, Barden said, what audiences will see is "a good, short, powerful, dramatic, and, hopefully, funny play."