In 'Borders,' playwright Henry Naylor gives voice to Syrian refugee crisis / by Jerald Pierce

For “Borders” playwright Henry Naylor, whose background includes 20 years of stand-up comedy, finding the humor in difficult topics like the Syrian refugee crisis is crucial to telling a good story.

“I’ve got a bit of a split personality, one of which does comedy and one of which does serious, weighty drama,” said Naylor, who is returning to Spoleto Festival USA after last year’s acclaimed production of “Angel.” With his new play, he is tapping into both comedy and drama. “I wanted to have both sides of my personality, and both sides of my writing, reflected.”

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