Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere of The Bedwetter is currently playing Off-Broadway at the the Linda Gross Theater and began previews April 30. Opening night is set for May 23 and will run through June 26, due to a recent extension. Silverman's musical follows 10-year old Sarah and her not-so-secret secret—if you read the title.
Starting at the 3:21 minute mark, Silverman begins to talk about the inspirations behind the musical. The comedian mentions that after publishing her memoir, her friend Adam Schlesinger came over with the book and declared "this is a musical." From there, they connected with Joshua Harmon and settled on one of the multiple personal essays to make it "one story."
Encouraging children to see the show, the comedian said, "It really deals with mental health in children and in adults. My mother also was depressed and there wasn't words for it."
"With this, the mother sees her daughter, recognizes it in her daughter, and that is when, by proxy, she can help herself," explained Silverman. "It's a period piece about the 80s where we didn't talk about mental health and we didn't know that stuff. But it's relevant to now because look at where we are to mental health. Kids talk about it. Every other day they say they have a panic attack or whatever. They have the language." Watch the full video above.
The stage adaptation features a book by Drama Desk winner Harmon and Silverman, with lyrics by Silverman and the late Emmy winner Schlesinger, who also composed the music.