PLAYWRIGHT JIM ADOLF TALKS ABOUT
I CANNOT TELL A LIE AT GEORGE WASHINGTON SCHOOL:
1. What inspired you to write this play?
I read an article about sodium pentothal - truth serum - and I thought it would be interesting (and funny!) to see what would happen if kids in a school were compelled to tell the truth, without knowing what was happening.
2. What's your favorite part or line in the play? Why?
I really enjoy the scene in which the kids, Johna and Paulie, call a "family meeting" and turn the tables on their parents. The role reversal -- kids in charge, parents acting immature -- was really fun to bring to life.
3. Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?
There's a little bit of my family -- me, my wife Michele, and our daughters Josie and Maggie -- in the characters for sure. But much of the raw material for the characters came from kids and teachers I've met as my kids went through school.
4. What did you try to achieve with this play?
I wanted the play to be funny but also to provoke some thought: what would happen if we were all forced to tell the truth at all times? Would it be a disaster? Would it be wonderful? Beyond the secrets that we'd spill, I'd like to believe that we'd all be a little more tolerant of each other's flaws, knowing that each of us has embarrassing secrets we'd rather not share.
5. Do you have anything else you'd like to add?
Hope you enjoy it!