On April 15, 2013, two pressure cookers packed with explosives were detonated by a pair of terrorists on Boston’s Boylston Street near the finish line of that year's Boston Marathon. Three people watching the final moments of the race were killed and 264 others were wounded.
Finish Line: A Documentary Play about the incident is being presented by Boch Center in association with Boston Theater Company at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre March 15–26. The play hosted 16 sold-out workshop performances in April 2016 and now launches a refreshed and reconfigured production at the Shubert, located just a few blocks from the site of the atrocity.
Directed by Boston Theater Company artistic director Joey Frangieh, Finish Line is described as “a story of recovery, resilience, and determination that focuses on how a community came together to heal and grow stronger, rather than on the act of violence itself. The script is created verbatim from dozens of interviews.”
Among those interviewed for the play by co-authors Joey Frangieh and Lisa Rafferty were survivors, runners, doctors, police officers, journalists, clergy, students, and many others. Notable interviewees who contributed their stories include Police Commissioner William Evans, news anchor Maria Stephanos, Life is Good founder John Jacobs, Boston Strong co-author Dave Wedge, 1976 Marathon winner Jack Fultz and Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki.
Featured in the cast are Katy Sullivan, Paula Plum, Ed Hoopman, Amie Lytle, Omar Robinson, Karen MacDonald, Greg Maraio, and Lewis Wheeler.
The Boch Center Shubert Theatre is located at 265 Tremont, Boston. Tickets, starting at $47.50 can be ordered at Bochcenter.org/finishline2017. A portion of the box office will benefit the Martin Richard Foundation, named in honor of an 8-year-old victim of the bombing.