WITHOUT MERCY by Patricia Milton, A World Premiere presented by Off Broadway West Theatre Company
Gripping Twists in the plot are jaw-dropping. In Without Mercy, Milton has written a suspenseful, heart-breaking, tightly-woven one-act in which, through her characters under Richard D. Harders astute direction, she raises important legal, ethical, and social questions in ones own mind regarding life, murder, and death. ~Gaetana Caldwell-Smith, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle
Miltons smart script continues to reveal layers of their characters Without Mercy is a thought-provoking look at the myriad ways people respond to tragedy. ~Leslie Katz, San Francisco Examiner
The script has classical overtones. The actors dont use physical masks but play as though they had trunkfuls. The performance is a competition among hubris-bearing mortals contributing to their own fatal and fateful undoing. ~Jim Strope, San Francisco Salvo
Joanna is devastated to learn her daughter, Mercy, who disappeared six years before, was murdered. Returning home from alcohol rehab, Joanna finds her surviving daughter, Bethany, bent on a personal agenda: Bethany has hired a legal advocate and insists on supporting a plea bargain for Mercy's killer. Their clash of deep-seated beliefs pits Joanna and Bethany against each other, and long-held resentments erupt around the family's tragedy. Their advocate, Sam, swears he's neutral, but his actions contradict his claim. Piece by piece, the truth unfolds as the past collides with the present. Challenged by a terrible trade-off, the three struggle to reach a resolution.
Patricia Milton is Resident Playwright at Central Works in Berkeley, CA, which has premiered her plays Reduction in Force (BroadwayWorld Best Local Play 2011), Enemies: Foreign and Domestic (Theatre Bay Area Outstanding World Premiere Play 2015), and Hearts of Palm. Her play, Believers (Wily West Productions, Paper Wing Theatre), recently premiered in Istanbul, Turkey. She is a former Member Playwright at 3Girls Theatre, which premiered her musical Moments of Truth (co-written with Caroline Altman) in 2015. This summer she will be Artist in Residence, at La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts, in Noyers sur Serein, France.
Ms. Milton has had more than 100 short play readings and productions internationally, including at the Exploratorium, PlayGroundSF, and PianoFight. She is a member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, Dramatists Guild, and Theatre Bay Area. For more information about this prolific and talented writer, go to patricia-milton.com.
Richard D. Harder
Sylvia Kratins, as Joanna Parks (the Mother), Niki Yapo-Held, as Bethany Mathews (the Daughter), & Ian Walker, as Sam Sibley (the Lawyer)
The Phoenix Theatre (View)
414 Mason Street @ Geary, 6th floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
|Minimum Age: 12
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