For some couples, life challenges and unresolved conflicts are the warning signs of a divorce. For them, they see it coming and have time to prepare themselves for the oftentimes painful process ahead. But for others, like perhaps some of our readers here in Kentucky, they are blindsided by a divorce. For them the immense enormity of decision can leave them jilted and wondering how they will pull themselves together again.
It’s a feeling shared by so many across the nation, including a playwright in New York who found herself suddenly blindside by divorce as well. Married for 34 years, she felt she had the perfect marriage. But when her husband told her that he had fallen for another woman and wanted to separate, her world crashed around her. Like so many others, she was left with the heartbreak of it all. But instead of feeling miserable about her situation, she decided to write a musical comedy inspired by her divorce.
It may seem strange to some of our Kentucky readers to use the words “comedy” and “divorce” in the same sentence but as the playwright explains, “if you can’t laugh about it, you’re just going to be crying about it.” For her, writing a musical that was inspired by her own divorce gave her strength and determination to move on with her life. She also realized that the story told in her musical was very universal and relatable. She hopes that audiences can have the same take away that she had when going through the play’s writing process and that is that there is life after a divorce and you will be happy again.
Source: Metro.us, “Theater: ‘Til Divorce Do Us Part’ makes musical comedy of personal tragedy,” T. Michelle Murphy, Feb. 12, 2014