Boston University News Release

13th November, 2009

The Boston University College of Fine Arts presents the second season of the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP)

(Boston) – 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.

Boston University is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world today, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the world. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

Performance Calendar

Boston University College of Fine Arts presents
the Boston Center for American Performance production of

A Question of Mercy
December 2-19, 2009

By David Rabe
Directed by Jim Petosa

Wednesday, December 2, 7:30pm (preview)
Thursday, December 3, 7:30pm (preview)
Friday, December 4, 8pm (opening)
Saturday, December 5, 8pm
Sunday, December 6, 2pm

Wednesday, December 9, 7:30pm
Thursday, December 10, 7:30pm
Friday, December 11, 8pm
Saturday, December 12, 8pm
Sunday, December 13, 2pm

Wednesday, December 16, 7:30pm
Thursday, December 17, 7:30pm
Friday, December 18, 8pm (ASL interpreted)
Saturday, December 19, 2pm

How I Learned to Drive
February 10-27, 2010

By Paula Vogel
Directed by Tara L. Matkosky

Wednesday, February 10, 7:30pm (preview)
Thursday, February 11, 7:30pm (preview)
Friday, February 12, 8pm (opening)
Saturday, February 13, 8pm
Sunday, February 14, 2pm

Wednesday, February 17, 7:30pm
Thursday, February 18, 7:30pm
Friday, February 19, 8pm (ASL interpreted)
Saturday, February 20, 8pm
Sunday, February 21, 2pm

Wednesday, February 24, 7:30pm
Thursday, February 25, 7:30pm
Friday, February 26, 8pm
Saturday, February 27, 8pm

Boston University Theatre, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
T Green Line, E Train, Symphony stop
T Orange Line, Mass Ave stop

Tickets: $20 general public; $10 students, senior citizens, groups (10+), and BU students, faculty, staff, and alumni. or 617.933.8600


To request press tickets, high resolution photos, or additional information, please contact either:
Jean Connaughton at 617-353-7293 or
Ellen Carr at 617-353-8783 or

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