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April 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until April 28, 2019
An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until April 28, 2019
One event on April 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm
In Toronto, a young skinhead is charged with a racially motivated murder. Danny Dunkelman, his assigned public defender, is Jewish. As Danny attempts to prepare Mike for trial, he finds himself questioning his own ethical role – and the boundaries of his empathy.
Canadian David Gow wrote the play in 1998, but the Neo-Nazi rhetoric Michael parrots and Danny’s struggle to achieve justice in the face of a hate crime are chillingly relevant.
“Increases in hate-based crime can be tied to escalation in neo-nationalist rhetoric. Frighteningly, this rhetoric sounds like it always has – the same old words, the same old ideas,” says director Richard Wolfe. “Simultaneously, some look to alternative models of restorative justice to heal fractured communities. Cherry Docs is not afraid to look at all sides of a difficult question.”
The team behind Cave Canem Productions is no stranger to dissecting human morality. Last year they staged The Lonesome West, Martin McDonagh’s tar-black comedy about forgiveness, and Cherry Docs presents an opportunity to ask similar questions in a more dramatic frame. Danny (John Voth) and Mike (Kenton Klassen) are the only characters in the play – an ambitious task for both performers.
“I’m excited about the play because it’s not easy,” said Voth. “It asks necessary questions: what is the effective answer to hate within a society? Is it possible for people whose evil is evident to change, and how can sustainable change come about?”
Klassen admitted to some trepidation about wading into such dark territory, but is excited about the work. “I’m filled with a strong sense of purpose going into it. The questions Cherry Docs poses are of vital importance.”
Gow’s play generates a constant thrum of potential hatred, powered by thousands of years of violence and bigotry. But that tension is wrapped around a human core of possibility: for forgiveness, accountability, and true change.