|James, as the Artistic Director of UP, what was it about Merciful Father that made you think this was an UP play?
JB: We get a lot of plays submitted to UP, some good, some not so good. But it’s unusual to get one that truly startles me. Merciful Father did so with its bold disregard of form and genre, while at the same time telling a kickass story about a sinner trying to shield his daughter from shame by turning, somewhat naively, to religion. And though the play contains this misguided religious quest, God, in the end, plays the role of antagonist–dramaturgically speaking. And I thought that thrilling and juicy and perfectly UP-esque.