Back in 2015, I got an email from an actor. He told me he was working on a character and wanted to understand more about what it felt like to be suicidal, and how that impacted the suicidal person and those around them. That actor was Mike Faist, and the character he was working on was Connor Murphy. The show? None other than Broadway hit musical Dear Evan Hansen—not yet on Broadway, not yet a Tony Award-winner.
Mike used the stories he found in Live Through This to color Connor to life, and the rest is history. Since then, I've seen and fallen in love with the show. Live Through This is partnered with Dear Evan Hansen. Mike and I have kept in touch. In fact, in just about every interview he does, Mike mentions Live Through This (like here and here). Late in 2016, Mike reached out again and asked if he could ask me some more questions, but this time he wanted it to be on the record. We met up at Music Box Theatre, home of Dear Evan Hansen, and we did the damn thing.