Don Seybold

Interview with Don – part 2

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Are any of the characters based on real people?
In one sense all characters are based on real people, but I don’t write autobiographical material. In every character there are elements of people I’ve known, people I’ve observed, people I’ve read about, people I’ve imagined. And it is also probably the case that there is something of me in every character I create. I rather not even know what that might be in terms of Leroy and Joe Bob, for instance. Some events have analogues in my own experience but most don’t and they are never the accurate, factual depictions of a memoir or autobiography. Fiction is reality distorted into truth, Albee once said. My characters are amalgams and with their amalgamation comes the distortion that reveals a bit of truth.

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Don Seybold

Interview with Don – part 1

How did you and Lynn end up working together on this project?
Lynn invited me to come to the cabaret performance of the tunes in Indianapolis last fall. I went and not only enjoyed the performance, but was impressed with the quality and inventiveness of her work, both musically and lyrically. After the show, we spoke and I conveyed that to her. During the conversation I asked her what she planned to do with the material next and she said she wanted to rework some of it, maybe write a couple of new things, and then mount another cabaret performance. I asked her if she ever thought about making it into a full-fledged musical with a book and she said not really. She didn’t have the skills necessary to write the book. And as I recall, she then looked at me in that principal-ed way she does, and said, “Can You?” Of course, there was a challenge in her question, as I’ve learned is frequently the case with Lynn. And, as is the frequently the case with me, it is not my style to avoid such challenging directness, so I replied, “Hell yes, I can. I’m a writer.” She said, “Then go write something and let me see it.”

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Lynn Lupold

Interview with Lynn – part 2

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Why is Enter Love a “musical for our times”?
In the show description, Don used that line to illustrate how life is different for most in this 21st century. People are always in motion and so are their lives. The airport makes that even clearer when thinking about people coming and going and the short lived periods that often exist in relationships. Now it isn’t unusual for individuals to have multiple relationships throughout their lives and many times it is based on the inability to stay focused and committed due to all of the pressures and stresses within their lives.

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Lynn Lupold

Interview with Lynn – Part 1

How long have you been working on this music?
The oldest song written in the show was written in 2006. Most of the songs have come in varied years since that time. There were however 9 songs that were new……5 of them written specifically for the musical version of Enter Love.

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