It’s no secret that teens are facing a mental health crisis. The isolation and challenges caused by the lockdowns and restrictions during the pandemic have caused sky-high anxiety and depression in adolescents and teens. The Virginia Children’s Theatre is confronting this crisis head-on with Apologies, a play intended for teenage audiences that deals realistically with a teenage girl’s unexplained suicide. The play tackles the difficult question survivors are left asking: Why did she kill herself? Living Local host Kianna Price talked to Brett Roden, Virginia Children’s Theatre producing artistic director, and Heather Lanza, the play’s director, to talk about the story and how the play may help teens open up about mental illness.