Play directory : The Mercy Seat

Welcome to The Mandy Network Plays Directory.

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Neil Labute
  • Written
  • Setting
    New York
  • Overview
    The Mercy Seat is a 2002 play by Neil LaBute that was among the first major theatrical responses to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

    The two-person play is set on September 12, the play concerns Ben, a man who works at the World Trade Center but was away from the office during the attack — with his mistress Abby, who is also his boss.

    Expecting that his family believes that he was killed in the towers' collapse, Ben contemplates using the tragedy to run away and start a new life with his lover.