The Meaning of Life
David Zak discusses Bailiwick Repertory's True Life Tales, adapted from the actual blog entries of Nick, a 19-year-old gay man living in the U.K.
Zak says he's drawn to Nick's blog because, "You really get a great portrait of him growing up." But is that portrait completely authentic? "The only thing we really have is Nick's word," Zak admits. "Are they really real? That's half the fun of the blog." Still, Zak and his actors -- there are four of them, all portraying the character of Nick -- have been in contact with the "real" Nick for this production. Of their first online encounter with him, Zak recalls, "We were horrified. One of the actors wrote to him and the e-mail came back with both his first and last names. The actor didn't want to know, because now suddenly Nick's a real person."