Boston Theater Company, in association with the Boch Center, will present a one night only staged reading of Finish Line: A Documentary Play About the 2013 Boston Marathon at the Calderwood Pavilion on Tuesday, April 17 to honor the five year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. The reading is sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association.
In March 2017, the world premiere of Finish Line was presented by the Boch Center in association with Boston Theater Company at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre to rave reviews from local media outlets and audience members.
Directed by Joey Frangieh, Finish Line brings a local story of recovery, resilience, and determination center stage. Through a transcript created verbatim from dozens of interviews, Finish Line uses powerful firsthand accounts to show how a community came together to heal and grow stronger after a tragic act of violence. Co-created by Frangieh and Lisa Rafferty, the documentary style production features interviews from Liz Norden, mother of two sons injured in the bombings, WCVB news anchor Maria Stephanos, Massachusetts General Hospital trauma surgeon Dr. David R. King, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, 1976 Marathon winner Jack Fultz, and Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki, among many others.
The cast includes many actors from the 2017 world premiere, including Karen MacDonald, who won the 2017 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress for her portrayal of both Liz Norden, the mother of two sons injured in the bombings, and Paula McLaughlin, manager of charity team and wife of Boston cop. Other cast members include Lewis D. Wheeler, Danny Bolton, Katy Sullivan, Tonasia Jones, Omar Robinson, Ed Hoopman, Sam Tanabe, Amanda Collins, Kathy St. George and Joe Short. Each will bring to life the real words of individuals who were interviewed for the play, including survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, runners, doctors, police officers, journalists, clergy, students, and many others.