MG: The impulse for writing it was I actually never knew my grandfather. I have one memory of him where I actually broke his gumball machine, and he screamed at me and yelled, so that was my only memory of him. And so when I wanted to write something, I essentially took the pieces of his life I knew from stories and created the character, because I wanted to humanize him in a way, because I'd always heard bad things about him from the people in the my family, and I knew he couldn't be a bad guy because they always talked about him. So I knew there had to be something. And in that way, I felt like the blues is an art form from the older generation that is not being passed down the way I think it should be. So in the play, it is being passed down, but he [Oscar, the protagonist] doesn't even know he is passing it down. And the grandson is a poet, so it's these two artistic expressions dancing with one another, if you will. It's my way of coming to terms with what I could have gained from him if he had been alive, or had I known him longer, or what I could offer him.