“Beautifully considered, piercingly clear-eyed . . . Mr. Rabe, in a play that reestablishes him as one of America’s preeminent dramatists . . . has written an exquisitely controlled about what will forever lie beyond human control.”Ben Brantley, The New York Times
A Question of Mercy
978-0-8021-3549-0 • $12.00 • Paperback • Feb. 1998
David Rabe is one of America’s finest dramatists. In A Question of Mercy, he explores the controversial and emotional issue of euthanasia, delving deep into the ties that bind friends and lovers.
Thomas and Anthony are lovers struggling with Anthony’s final, exhausting battle with AIDS. Joined by their friend Susanah and a retired doctor, whose help Thomas has requested , they fashion a heartbreaking friendship as they work through the stages of a plan to relieve Anthony of his illness and his life. Each character does battle with the moral and legal issues that attend the decision to help Anthony die—is this murder or mercy? Rabe creates a passionate depiction of four people confronted with the reality of a loved one’s fight with death, and a compelling dramatic event that poses the question: “WHAT WOULD YOU DO?”