Dear Evan Hansen – Act 2

Dear Evan Hansen

Evan and Alana pitch a fundraising idea on The Connor Project’s website. In memory of Connor, they want to raise $50,000 in three weeks to reopen the abandoned apple orchard where Evan and Connor supposedly spent time. Despite Alana’s total devotion to the project, Evan becomes preoccupied with his new relationship with Zoe and his newfound family in the Murphys, and begins to neglect his mother, Jared, and The Connor Project (“Sincerely, Me (Reprise)”).

Heidi tells Evan that she saw the video of his speech on Facebook and asks him why he did not tell her about The Connor Project or about his friendship with Connor. He angrily responds that he did not have the time because she is never around. Overcome with emotion, he then rushes off to the Murphys’, telling her that he is going to Jared’s. At the Murphys’, Evan bonds with Larry Murphy and confides in him about his childhood. Larry offers him an old baseball glove of Connor’s that was never used (“To Break in a Glove”). Sometime later, at Evan’s house, Evan makes an offhand comment to Zoe about how he and his mother do not have much money and he needs scholarships to pay for college. When he begins to mention Connor, Zoe tells him that she does not want their relationship to be about Connor, but about the two of them (“Only Us”).

Evan gets into a fight with Jared, who claims that Connor’s death was the best thing that ever happened to Evan – he is no longer invisible and has landed the girl of his dreams. Later, Evan goes to the Murphys’, only to discover they invited Heidi over for dinner. She is mortified to learn they want to give Evan Connor’s college fund. At home, Heidi and Evan fight over his secrecy and deception. Evan confesses he feels welcomed and accepted into the Murphy family in lieu of Heidi’s absence. Meanwhile, Alana begins to find inconsistencies in the fake emails. Evan then asks Jared to help fix the inaccuracies, but he refuses and threatens to expose Evan, who counters that he could expose Jared’s role. Heidi, Alana, and Jared converge in Evan’s conscience, compounding his guilt and doubt over his decisions (“Good for You”).

Evan decides he has to come clean with what he has done. Imaginary Connor attempts to talk him out of it, citing the happiness he has given the Murphys and the fate of Evan’s relationship with Zoe, but Evan does not back down, angrily shouting that he needs the whole thing to be over. Connor is unconvinced and asks Evan how he broke his arm: did he fall by accident or actually let go? Connor tells him that if he tells the truth, all he has will be gone, and the only thing he will be left with is himself (“For Forever” (Reprise)). He disappears, leaving Evan alone.

Evan goes to apologize to Alana, but she says she has given up on Evan helping her with The Connor Project as she doubts the truth of Evan’s repeated statements that he was Connor’s best friend. Desperate, Evan says he has proof that they were friends. He shows her the letter to himself that he wrote when he was giving up on having a good year, claiming it to be Connor’s suicide note. Realizing that the letter is the key to fulfilling the fundraising goal, Alana posts it online where, to Evan’s chagrin, it goes viral. As a result, many people begin to believe Connor’s suicide was because of his uncaring, wealthy parents (“You Will Be Found” (Reprise)).

Evan is distraught and goes to see the Murphys, who have become the targets of hateful comments from people who believe they were responsible for Connor’s death. He walks in on the three of them fighting about why Connor really killed himself and finally admits that he fabricated the entire thing, hopeful that he could forge a genuine bond with the Murphys out of the tragedy. As Zoe and her mother tearfully run out, Larry turns away from Evan in disgust. Alone once more, Evan absorbs his perceived brokenness as inescapable (“Words Fail”).

Evan finds Heidi waiting for him at home. She saw the letter online and immediately knew that it was one of Evan’s therapy assignments. She apologizes to Evan for not seeing how badly he had been hurting, though Evan denies her guilt due to his deception. He then vaguely admits that his fall was a suicide attempt. Heidi sits him down and recalls the day that his father moved out and how she felt so small and alone and did not know how she was going to make it by herself. In the end, however, she realized that she was not alone – she had Evan and knew that the two of them could make it through anything so long as they were together. Tearfully, Heidi promises that she will always be there for him when he needs her (“So Big/So Small”).

A year later, Evan is still living at home and working at Pottery Barn to earn enough money to go to college the next semester. He contacts Zoe, whom he has not seen since the day she found out the truth, and asks if she will agree to meet him. She does, but insists that they meet at the orchard that has been reopened in Connor’s memory. He apologizes for the pain he caused by manipulating her family and admits that he has been reading Connor’s ten favorite books after finding a list in an old yearbook in an attempt to connect with who he really was. He also thanks her and her parents for keeping his secret and reveals that they never told anyone else that his friendship with Connor was a lie. She forgives him, saying the whole ordeal brought her family closer together over the past year because “everyone needed it for something.” Evan asks her why she insisted on meeting at the orchard, and she replies that she wanted to be sure he saw it, and the two share a gentle moment before they part. Evan mentally writes himself one last letter reflecting on the impact he has had on his community and finally accepts himself (“Finale”).

Post made thanks to Montse M.

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