The Mercy Seat
by Neil LaBute
with Josephine Bauza and Jon Salkin
On September 12, 2001, Ben Harcourt finds himself in the downtown apartment of his lover, Abby Prescott—who also happens to be his boss. His endlessly ringing cell phone haunts their conversation as Ben and Abby explore the choices now available to them in an existence different from the one they knew just the day before. Will Ben let his family know he's alive, or will he and Abby take this chance to create a new life for themselves? THE MERCY SEAT continues Neil LaBute's unflinching fascinations with the often brutal realities of the war between the sexes and explores whether one can be truly opportunistic in a time of universal selflessness.