Arts & Culture

Pacific Theatre asks: are there limits to forgiveness?

By Lorraine Graves

Published 11:18 PDT, Fri March 29, 2019

An unrepentant neo-Nazi charged with murder has an ambitious, young lawyer defending him. The lawyer is Jewish. The moral quandaries come thick and fast in Pacific Theatre’s presentation of Cherry Docs, produced by Cave Canum theatre company.

Pacific Theatre has deep roots in Richmond. Both founding artistic director Ron Reed and apprentice actor Shelby Wyminga are Richmond residents.

Cave Canum, a group of theatrical friends and housemates, is once again presenting a gritty play that offers no easy answers according to Cave Canum’s producer, Brandon Bate, who says this play will appeal to “anyone who likes to think deeply about the issues. Anyone who likes a good redemption story.”

It can be a year or two between the time a play is chosen and actually performed.

Bate says, in that time, this play has become all the more relevant because of current events.

“I think that’s why David Gow’s writing is so important,” he says. ”I feel excited about this play and the conversations it might start. And I’m excited about the possibility of getting people to think about where this hate comes from and where it might start.”

He says it demonstrates the age-old proverb that you can’t fight hate with hate.

“The play definitely leaves you with a feeling that there is hope and there is a way out for individuals like this. That people are not completely lost to this hate,” he says.

“It confirms that love and grace and story and acceptance are what ultimately does win the day,” says Bate.

Cherry Doc runs April 4 to 28 at Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave (at Hemlock).

There will be a pay-what-you-can preview on April 4 and two talk-back nights on April 12 and 19.

•LGraves@richmondsentinel.ca

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