Florida Studio Theatre (FST) presents the second production of its 2019 Stage III Series: “Cherry Docs,” by David Gow, a fearless exploration of hatred and the powerful role it plays in society.
Called “Bracingly Intelligent” by The Boston Globe, “Cherry Docs” sheds light on the dangers of extremism and depicts how fear can quickly change into hate. It starts playing in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre Wednesday, Feb. 20. Tickets can be purchased at 941-366-9000 or floridastudio theatre.org.
“The play takes us on a deep journey to the dark parts within all of us, where we can look at the face – the very roots of anger,” said Kate Alexander, FST’s associate director at-large and director of the play.
“The play asks, where does hate come from? How do we face it? What is our responsibility to ourselves and to each other?”
One of the most-produced Canadian plays, “Cherry Docs” is a dramatic two-hander that focuses on Mike, a neo-Nazi skinhead charged with murdering an immigrant by kicking them to death, and Danny, the Jewish lawyer assigned by Legal Aid to his case. Although they have diametrically opposed belief systems, Danny and Mike are forced to work together to craft a defense for Mike. In the process, Danny is forced to examine the limits of his own liberalism and its underlying demons. This drama is 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.
Called “Deeply troubling” by Variety, “Cherry Docs” premiered at the Factory Theatre in Toronto, Canada in 1998. The play was inspired by a beating that one of Gow’s own gay friends suffered during college. “At that time, during the late ’80s and early ’90s, there was quite an active skinhead population in Montreal,” Gow said in an interview with @This Stage Magazine. “This was also true in Toronto, where there were a number of hate-inspired events over the years. And, unfortunately, this legacy of white supremacist neo-Nazism continues.”
FST’s production of “Cherry Docs” features Drew Hirshfield and Tom Patterson, both of whom were also part of FST’s production of Hand to God and other plays.
“Cherry Docs” is a hard-hitting drama examining bigotry and redemption that runs from Feb. 20 through March 15 in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at 941-366-9000 or FloridaStudioTheatre.org.