INTERVIEWER: One thing that struck me while going back over your plays is that aging and an awareness of death were there from the beginning.
SIMON: That's because you can't avoid it. It's going to happen to all of us. When you're a kid you kind of laugh at it because it's nowhere near you, then suddenly you see your parents getting older and older and wonder what you're going to do with them, and then your brother -- because my brother is gone now. It's always there, so why not talk about it?