Hate and Healing

Hate is eternal. No one knows that better than Cherry Docs playwright David Gow.

In an interview with Topanga Messenger, Gow shared that he was compelled to write this gripping play after one of his own friends was assaulted outside of a Toronto bar. At the time, the city was home to sizeable gangs of skinheads.

Though written over twenty years ago and set in Toronto, Canada, it can be painful to consider how Cherry Docs continues to be accessible to an audience here in Sarasota, Florida, in 2019.

“Society has not changed that much,” said Gow. “We are perhaps more inclusive or tolerant of some groups, but, really, I don’t think much has changed in the underbelly, in how we feel.” Unfortunately, that seems to be true.

The Anti-Defamation League, or ADL, an organization fighting to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all, reports that close to 2,000 cases of harassment, vandalism, and physical assault were recorded in 2017, the highest number of antisemitic incidents since 1994. That’s not including online threats and harassment.

Understanding that hatred is fueled by ignorance, Cherry Docs is FST’s rallying cry against the recent rise in American anti-Semitic activity. By staging that hatred, it can be understood and guarded against, while simultaneously revealing the abiding nobility of the Jewish tradition.

Cherry Docs plays in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre through March 17. For tickets and more information, click here.