Quinnipiac University College of Arts and Sciences

Mercy Seat

In Event, Theater on October 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

Theater Program stages The Mercy Seat by Neil LaBute 

Anyone happening into Buckman Theater earlier this month definitely noticed the dramatic backdrop on stage: a photographic enlargement of the “day after” 9/11, featuring chunks of the demolished World Trade Center in crooked grids jutting from a pile of rubble. This dramatic scene was used as the setting for a production of Neil LaBute’s Mercy Street. The play tells the fictional story of a quarreling couple debating how to turn the national catastrophe into salvation for their already doomed relationship. Quinnipiac’s production, directed by Robert Bresnick and designed by Tricia Thelen, both QU theater faculty, included lighting designed by Connecticut professional Karl G. Ruling. Theater majors Emily Seibert and Michael Bobenhausen played the roles of Abby and Ben, the only two characters in the piece.

Four performances in Buckman Theater brought in over $2700.00 to support student scholarships and other causes. The mostly student audiences were robust due partly to the outreach efforts by QU’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theater honor society. Saturday’s show, moved this year to an experimental 4 pm slot, instead of the usual 8 pm, was a near sell-out. Given the success of this late afternoon production, future shows are also going to experiment with a Saturday afternoon performance.

The next play produced by Quinnipiac’s theater program will be Seven, depicting seven women who changed the world, performed at the Long Wharf Theatre, November 10 – 13.

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  1. Even though I am not a student, I went to the Thursday night performance as I had never seen the play. I thoroughly enjoyed the play and the actors’ performances. I recommend the other productions upcoming.

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