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BU College of Fine Arts Announces the Second Season of BCAP


The Boston University College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the second season of the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP), Boston University’s professional performing arts initiative. This season, BCAP will feature two productions running at the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210 at the Boston University Theatre: David Rabe’s A Question of Mercy (December 2-19) and Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive (February 10-27).

A Question of Mercy is directed by Jim Petosa and explores the controversial topic of doctor-assisted suicide. Stricken with AIDS, Anthony’s life has become a myriad of endless symptoms and hopeless desperation. With the help of his lover and caretaker, Thomas, and friend Susanah, Anthony seeks the guidance of an understanding doctor who will put an end to his suffering. A Question of Mercy features BU faculty member and veteran Boston actor Paula Langton, as well as two School of Theatre alumni, Tim Spears and David Gram, and two School of Theatre seniors, Brittany Boothby and Collin Meath.

A Pulitzer Prize winner, How I Learned to Drive is the story of a woman who learns the rules of the road, and life, from behind the wheel. This wildly funny, surprising, and devastating tale of survival is seen through the lens of a troubling relationship between a young girl and an older man. Directed by MFA Directing candidate Tara L. Matkosky, the cast will be lead by BU faculty member Mark Cohen.

BCAP launched in October 2008 with productions of Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie, and Doug Wright’s one-man play I Am My Own Wife. The initiative aims to foster significant interaction between members of the professional performing arts world and the BU College of Fine Arts. Expanding the definition of the College as an ‘artistic home,’ BCAP encourages interaction among students and professional faculty artists, alumni, and other affiliated artists, both locally and nationally. The goal is for these collaborations to have a significant impact on the College’s overall educational mission, become a consistent source of inspiration for the creation of both new work and new approaches to existing work, and provide the College with a professional extension of its expanding and diverse aesthetic.

Compiled from the press release courtesy of the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) (website | profile | tag archive).

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