The problem with the narrator conceit and all of his annotations and research is that the artifacts of his early history are tangible - something you can easily pick up, handle and read. A diary, a newspaper clipping, a letter.
The third arc works very well because it is an actual interview, which is being recounted. One artifact, performed.
In the final piece he must return - for he cannot simply disappear, that would be bad form - but the artifacts are blogs and ... well, that one works, I show Lucy writing her blog. And there is a newspaper article, there are still print newspapers if only for another year or two.
(Side note: TKT criticized the newspaper style I wrote in, stating that the lede is the third "graph" when it should be - duh - the first. I told her I had used a real newspaper article as my guide. Super-side note: Blogger does not recognize the proper spelling of the word "lede" which should also tell you something.)
But I need a third piece, to cover something which cannot be performed onstage. I wanted it to be an amateur YouTube video of the bike stunt gone horribly wrong - but there's no way we can incorporate video into the outreach tour, so I thought it could just be the audio, but that's not making me happy at all. I'm thinking of making it an NPR spot.\\God, wouldn't it be hilarious if I could get Dan Moulthrop to cut it?