Alessandro (Jeremy Stanbary) confronts Maria (Katie Law-Goitch) in Mercy Unrelenting. Photo courtesy Open Window Theatre.
A 12-year-old girl rebuffs the repeated sexual advances of a 19-year-old farmhand. In response, the boy stabs the girl to death. On her deathbed, the girl forgives the boy and says that she hopes to see him in heaven with her one day. The boy is sentenced to prison. Miracles begin happening at the girl's gravesite. The boy is visited in prison by a vision of the girl he murdered. The boy experiences a religious conversion. Years later, when the boy, now a man, is released from prison, he goes to the girl's mother to apologize. The girl's mother gives him the same forgiveness her daughter did. The murderer and the mother of the girl he murdered both attend the canonization ceremony for the girl when she is declared a saint of the Catholic church. The man lives out the rest of his life in a monastery, tending the garden. We can't know, but perhaps he and the girl met again in the afterlife.MORE »