Western Michigan University Theater Department Chair Joan Herrington says when playwrights were asked to contribute to a book of plays inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen there were usually two responses. One was “a resounding ‘you must be insane’ or an even more resounding ‘this is the thing I’ve been waiting for my entire life.’” Herrington is the Editor of When the Promise Was Broken: Short Plays Inspired by the Songs of Bruce Springsteen.
The book contains 13 plays including Glad for the Company inspired by the song Nebraska. It’s written by Tucker Rafferty, who teaches drama and improvisation at KRESA. Western Michigan University English Professor Steve Feffer wrote the play Growing Up or I Was a Teenage Bruce Springsteen inspired by the song Growin’ Up.