In David Gow’s Cherry Docs, Mike, a neo-Nazi skinhead, is charged with a racially motivated murder and Legal Aid assigns him a Jewish lawyer, Danny. Over the course of developing a defense for Mike, Danny is forced to examine the limits of his own liberalism and its underlying demons. This drama is an unblinking exploration of the roots of hatred, and how its growth can be stopped. … Continue reading Breaking Down Hatred
In 2017, the FBI reported a 17% increase in all hate crimes, totaling over 7,100 instances and continuing a disturbing three-year rise in hate crime statistics. These attacks are varied and their victims often painfully unheard. Here is a very brief synopsis of recent hate crime statistics and high profile cases in the United States: • Hate crimes against Jews in America rose by more … Continue reading America’s Pain: Coming to Terms with Hatred
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 … Continue reading Hate and Healing
By Michael Nichols and Becca Jennings Mike is a neo-Nazi skinhead. He stands accused of brutally kicking a man to death with steel toed, cherry colored boots. Danny is liberal, middle-aged, and a devout Jew. He is also Mike’s appointed legal aide. Cherry Docs by David Gow is a tight-fisted study of hate and healing as these two men pit their beliefs against one another … Continue reading A Mile in Blood-Spattered Boots
By Meg Gilbert and Michael Nichols FST’s challenging Stage III series returns with a sizzling season of edgy new plays that push the boundaries of theatrical content and form. This year’s lineup tackles the pressing, timely issues of morality, hate, and celebrity, and oddly enough both begins and ends in the setting of a basement. Buckle your seatbelts as we venture into a seemingly innocent … Continue reading Screaming Secrets: Stage III Returns
by Mary Donofrio Life is largely about choices, and the decisions we make have an impact on the trajectory of where our lives take us. From morality and destiny, to forgiveness, this year’s Stage III season interrogates the very real and human aspects of choices, and how seemingly small moments can have a huge, life-altering impact. Florida Studio Theatre brings audiences three contemporary plays that … Continue reading A Season of Choices: Stage III Returns!