The Reason I Wrote THE PROVIDER

November 4, 2012

I just attended a stage production of Bill Cain’s play How to Write a New Book for the Bible. Mr. Cain won the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award in both 2010 and 2011.

At the beginning of the play, a young writer, Bill, believes no one really matters in the grand scheme of life: a person lives and dies. He studies his family and makes the grand arc to discovering that everyone matters. I quote from the playbill: “Theatre is always proclaiming “attention must be paid” to what is neglected and holy. Willy Loman. Antigone. Blanche. In this play—Mary {the dying mother}.” Bill studies his own family and travels an arc to become a priest.   The jobs of writer and priest—Bill says in the play—are closely related. In both, you point and say, “Look. Look there. That person you haven’t noticed—he, she matters.”

That is the reason I wrote the novel THE PROVIDER.