Mary's a pretty well-known figure. Why rewrite her story?
She's been silent, in a way, for 2,000 years. She's always pictured grieving at the foot of the Cross. But the idea of her speaking, of her having quite a lot to say, I think, is new.
Your novella about her, The Testament of Mary, is moving to Broadway. Did you give Fiona Shaw, the actress who plays Mary, any tips?
I think the job of the writer in the theater is to be very, very quiet. You've made your noise. Your job is to be back at home in...