Posted on May 11, 2021 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
As it turns out, Picoult initially wasn’t ready to write a book about the pandemic, but she was feeling inspired to create something — and, of course, she was feeling a bit isolated, as she told the New York Times.
So she teamed up with playwright Timothy Allen McDonald to write a musical called Breathe, which depicts the pandemic’s effect on the lives of four pairs of people.
Douglas Lyons, a writer, lyricist, and actor, joined the duo after George Floyd’s murder to add a fifth segment incorporating the movement that his death inspired.
Breathe will premiere May 14 on the streaming service Overture+, and a recording will be available through July 2.
And if you’re repulsed by the thought?
Picoult acknowledged to the NY Times: “I know there are going to be people who aren’t ready for this and maybe never will be.”
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