Kansas City, MO's Unicorn Theatre presents the world premiere of the winner of their national playwright's competition, Mercy Killing, by Stephanie Keys. The play officially opens April 25.
Mercy Killing runs at the Unicorn through May 11, and explores the relationship between a mother and daughter, who must face the dark secrets of the past in order to accept the future.
Spokesperson Beth Bellanti says, "It's selling like crazy, we can hardly keep up with the phone calls!"
The show is directed by Unicorn artistic director Cynthia Levin, and stars "As the World Turns" soap opera star Kathryn Hays as Mercy. Peggy Friesen, well known to Kansas City theatre audiences for her more than thirty appearances as Missouri Rep, plays her daughter Lanie.
Mercy Killing is Keys' second play. She has written and produced for numerous public television series such as "Eugene O'Neill: Journey Into Genius." Her adaptation of The Fig Tree won a Gold medal in the International Film and Television Festival of New York in 1988. She is currently producing two Indie Features by Horton Foote and Philip Kan Gotunda, and writing two one-act plays, a dramatic Christmas story for T.V. and a script for daytime drama. The Unicorn theatre is currently planning to expand to meet the demands of its audience. It will take over the building two doors down, which connects by a courtyard. This will enable the theatre to have more office and rehearsal space so that it can keep its shows running longer.
For tickets or more information, please call (816) 531-PLAY, or refer to the Unicorn Theatre regional listing on Playbill On-Line.
--By Blair Glaser