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Cherry Docs

Cherry Docs
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: David Gow
Publisher: Scirocco Drama
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 87
Pub. Date: 1998
ISBN-10: 1896239374
ISBN-13: 9781896239378
Cast Size: 2 men

About the Play:

Cherry Docs is a full-length drama by David Gow. A neo-Nazi skinhead is held in jail for the death of an Asian immigrant. He is furnished with a legal-aid defense lawyer who happens to be Jewish. Cherry Docs is a thought-provoking look at who we think we are, and who we really are.

Cherry Docs is a powerful and thought-provoking story about what happens when two ideological and opposite men when their paths collide: Danny, a liberal jew and Legal Aid attorney is assigned to represent Mike Downey, a neo-nazi skinhead, who has kicked a man to death. The name "Cherry Docs" comes from the Doc Martens rose-hued combat boots Mike used when he committed this horrendous, racially-motivated act. The play reveals how this intense and conflicted relationship takes each man through the "eye of the needle" and profoundly changes both of them forever. Over the course of developing a defense for the skinhead, the lawyer is forced to examine the limits of his own liberalism, and the demons underlying it. An unblinking examination of hatred, the explosive effect it has on our society, and the hurdles that confront us as we set about eradicating it.

Cherry Docs premiered in 1998 at Factory Theatre Mainstage in Toronto and went on to become, internationally, one of the most produced Canadian scripts of the decade. It's been produced across Canada and the United States, had several productions in London and Germany. Cherry Docs has seen translation into Hebrew, Spanish, and Polish and was made into a television film in Poland.

Cast: 2 men

What people say:

"…a provocative exploration of the inescapable and insidious presence of hatred in our society." — Toronto Star

"Gow's belief that we must confront the hatred within ourselves and our society [is] troubling, touching and convincing." — The Globe and Mail

"Provocative – the kind of theatre that gives you something to talk about afterwards." — CBC

About the Playwright:

David Gow is a Canadian playwright, actor, and filmmaker. His plays have been produced across Canada and the United States, as well as in Israel. He holds an MFA inPlaywriting from York University, Toronto, and studied Theatre Performance at Concordia University, Montreal.