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In a 2012 interview with William Steinberger of the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, Headland says, “I’ve always been very interested in the Seven Deadly Sins. Being brought up Catholic and raised Christian, C. S. Lewis was a big influence of mine – The Chronicles of Narnia when I was really young, and then as I got older, The Great Divorce, The Problem of Pain, Mere Christianity, and The Screwtape Letters – I just loved the idea of using allegory to explore morality. It interested me to write characters that were living in a society where everyone continues to tell you that morality is relative, and that you can continue to believe whatever you want to believe, but at the same time what I’ve found having my plays produced is that you get feedback of, ‘These characters aren’t likeable. What they’re doing is not okay.’ And I think that’s sort of the whole point of it, to say, ‘Well, if morality is relative, then why are you reacting this way to these characters?’

What I wanted to do with each play was pervert a sin and look at it through a different lens: can I create a character that on the outside would not appear to be suffering from this sin, but actually is? In Bachelorette, for example, the classic idea of gluttony is the Becky character. It’s the person that you see on the street and you think ‘Oh, that person probably eats too much.’ What you don’t realize is that when you see a character like Regan who is thin and has everything going for her you would never think of her as a gluttonous person, and yet my idea was that maybe she is.”