The Guys and The Mercy Seat Now Playing at Bowen Park Theatre

Staff Report

The Waukegan Park District Cultural Arts Division announces Bowen Park Theatre Company’s (BPTC)production of Anne Nelson’s THE GUYS and Neil LaBute’s THE MERCY SEAT. The professional theatre company opened its 28th season last weekend. This production, under the artistic direction of Jason Clark, takes audience members back fourteen years ago to the tragedy of 9/11. Remaining performances of The Guys and The Mercy Seat will be held at the Dr. Lynn Schornick Theatre on Fridays and Saturdays, October 2, 3, 4, and 10 with an 8 pm curtain. Sunday matinees will be held on October 4 and 11 with a 3 pm curtain.

James Stahl as Nick
James Stahl as Nick. – Bowen Park Theatre photo

The Guys is a play by Anne Nelson about the aftereffects of the tragedy that took place with the collapse of the World Trade Center. The characters include Joan, an editor, and Nick, a FDNY captain. Joan is enlisted to help Nick prepare the eulogies for the firefighters who died under his command on September 11, 2001. This play is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

Thomas Colvin and Margie Burba
Thomas Colvin and Margie Burba – Bowen Park Theatre photo

James Stahl as Nick
The second play presented during the fall production is Neil LaBute’s 2002 play, The Mercy Seat which was one of the first major theatre responses to the attack on September 11. The playwright and the two characters, Ben and Abby take the audience to September 12 and Ben’s contemplation of escape from his unsatisfying life. Believing his family thinks he died in the collapse of the World Trade Center Ben contemplates using this tragedy to run away and start a new life. This play is produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

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