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Down the Road

Full Length, Drama
2 men, 1 woman
Total Cast: 3, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-0324-7

MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance.
THE STORY: DOWN THE ROAD centers on a convicted serial killer and the husband and wife writing team hired to help him write an account of his crimes. The killer, Bill Reach, has admitted to the murders of nineteen women, but there may have been more. Over many weeks of interviews, the couple—Dan and Iris Henniman—grow more and more uncertain of the ethics of what they are doing. Are they simply relating terrifying events, or are they helping readers consume rape, murder, and mutilation as if they are consuming any other product of our society? Are they, in fact, helping to turn Bill Reach into a celebrity?
Lee Blessing’s provocative piece travels down a dark and frightening road into the mind of a serial killer.

“…compelling theater…Blessing has a penchant (and a skill) for probing his chosen issues with intelligence and respect for their complexity, his dramatic style is clear and simple.” —Variety.

“It’s a delicately textured, beautifully balanced morality play in the guise of a psychological drama. It is the most serious and intellectually rewarding play to have appeared this year.” —Los Angeles Herald Examiner.