Boston Center for American Performance
A Question of Mercy
by David Rabe
Directed by Jim Petosa
December 2-19, 2009

A Question of Mercy, Rabe explores the controversial and emotional issue of euthanasia. Thomas and Anthony are lovers struggling with Anthony’s final, exhausting battle with AIDS. Joined by their friend Susanah and a retired doctor, whose help Thomas has requested, they fashion a heartbreaking friendship as they work through the stages of a plan to relieve Anthony of his illness and his life. Rabe creates a passionate depiction of four people confronted with the reality of a loved one’s fight with death, and a compelling dramatic event that poses the question: “What would you do?”


Tim Spears, Anthony
Paula Langton, Dr. Roberta Chapman
David Gram, Thomas
Brittney Boothby, Susanah
Colin Meath, Eddie

Artistic Team

David Rabe, Playwright
Jim Petosa, Director