Jonathan Tolins reveals what's behind his world premiere play, Secrets of the Trade, starring Tony Award winner John Glover.
In the play, Tony Award winner John Glover portrays a famous playwright/director named Martin Kerner, whom Tolins describes as "having a tough time staying relevant" as the 1980s hit. He receives a letter from 16-year-old Andy Lipman (played by Edward Tournier) that "somehow touches him. He's this kid who is what Martin Kerner must have been like when he was younger -- ambitious, sensitive, talented, and fun to be around," says Tolins.
The play delves into both the positive and problematic aspects of mentoring. For example, Andy's mother suspects there's more to the relationship than what she's been told, while Andy himself wants more than may be offered. "Sometimes the mentor gets into the excitement of this relationship, and might be careless with the things he or she says," remarks Tolins. "So there comes a point when expectations aren't met -- where the mentee hears promises that aren't necessarily intended."