Genre: Drama
by Lee Blessing, Directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni

Michael Wells (Derek Lucci), a history professor at American University in Beirut, Lebanon, is held hostage in a small windowless cell. Back in the U.S., Michael's wife, Lainie (Katie Tuminelly), clings to Michael's memory by stripping his study to the bare walls, where she can imagine Michael's presence and sympathize with his imprisonment. Though thousands of miles apart, their bond and hope for the future feeds them the strength to survive.

As the wife of a hostage, Lainie is torn between two forces trying to win her cooperation—the media and the government. Walker Harris (Jacob Knoll) is an activist reporter urging Lainie to speak out against the American government, which he believes is pacifying her in order to pursue their own agenda. Ellen VanOss (Emily Zeck), the State Department representative assigned to Michael's case, promises Lainie that she can best help her husband by keeping quiet and allowing the government to do its work, which must remain secret. As the months turn to years, Lainie must decide whether a public outrage or a quiet patience will bring Michael closer to freedom, and her choice triggers the snowball of events that brings the play to its startling conclusion.

Open:   05/04/06
Close:   05/20/06

Thursday-Saturday at 7:30pm
Theater:   Under St. Marks
Address:   94 St. Mark's Place
New York, NY
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Cost:$15.00, $12.00 Students and Seniors
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