Sam is an artist; and art plays a major role in the plot; But the story is about love, and passion, obsession and commitment. A childhood friendship turns to romance. College for Suzanna means change. When apart, Sam's Fantasy-Suzanna (played by another actress), keeps Sam true to Suzanna and inspires him, enabling him to reach his goal. While Suzanna, in love with Sam, is a dynamic real character who evolves in a way that Fantasy-Suzanna cannot. While Sam is the protagonist (because the audience gets inside his head), Suzanna is a complex, empathetic and conflicted character, with whom we can relate. This show is not written with the expected world view of someone looking back to youth, older, wiser, maybe weathered and cynical. The "world view" here is that the young characters' feelings are real, powerful and valid, and warrant the soaring passionate music.