Playwright David Gow’s most-produced play Cherry Docs, an unblinking examination of hatred, is sadly as current as ever. Ringing even truer, the play has been adapted for the first time to the city it is being performed in. Placing the action in Montreal was important to director Davyn Ryall, “Originally set in Toronto, it now highlights that we are faced with this epidemic of venomous racism right here on our front porches.” Acts to Grind Theatre is proud to present this important show playing at MainLine Theatre from September 28-October 9. There will be post-show talkbacks. Mature content warning—ages 16+.
In Cherry Docs, a Jewish legal aid lawyer is assigned to defend a neo-Nazi skinhead accused of the heinous, racially motivated murder of a South Asian immigrant. The work probes the explosive effect that blind hate has on society and the hurdles needed to confront it in order to eradicate it. An intense and fiery relationship develops between the two men as they explore their emotional and intellectual differences. The timeliness of this critically-acclaimed drama is further emphasised with a marked 67% increase in hate crimes targeting religion and ethnicity since the beginning of the pandemic, according to August’s Statistics Canada report. Yet, we are generally depicted as being progressive, diverse and multicultural… Here, audiences are forced to examine, recognize and address their own personal prejudices.
Runs until October 9, 2022. 14:00
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