Finalist for the Chalmers Play Award
A neo-Nazi skinhead is charged with murder, and Legal Aid has assigned him a Jewish lawyer. 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.
News & Reviews
“… 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.” —Globe & Mail
About the Author
David Gow‘s plays have been seen across the USA, Canada and abroad, including productions in London, New York City, Berlin, Rome, Sao-Paulo Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Krakow, Warsaw, and many other cities. David’s plays include Cherry Docs, Relative Good, Bea’s Niece, The Wake of the Bones, Boilerplate, The Friedman Family Fortune and Elephant. Gow’s first feature film “Steel Toes,” based on his hit play Cherry Docs, has won numerous awards in the US and Canada, including Best Feature Film (Beverly Hills Film Festival) and Best Independent Feature in America (Cine Golden Eagle). David is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Playwrights Guild of Canada.
About the Performers
Ari Cohen plays Daniel. Ari was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and has divided his professional life between Vancouver and Toronto. An actor in Theatre, Film and Television for over 25 years, he’s appeared in the films of Aaron Sorkin, Ricky Gervais, David Cronenberg, Patricia Rozema, Bruce Mcdonald, Guy Maddin and many others. Series regular roles include Shoot The Messenger (CBC) Gangland Undercover (History/A&E) and My Babysitter is A Vampire ( Disney) He has recurred and guest starred on countless American and Canadian TV shows for Network and Cable alike. In the world of advertising, Ari has voiced campaigns for RBC, Bell, Shell, Shreddies, Toyota and many more. A highly regarded stage actor, he has originated roles in the plays of Hannah Moscovitch, Michael Healey, Diane Flacks and Adam Pettle, has starred in numerous Canadian premieres and performed at virtually every major theatre in Canada.
The role of Mike is performed by Trick Horan (they/she,) who is a Toronto-based researcher, writer, and multimedia artist. A George Brown Theatre School alumna and University of Toronto student, Trick is currently pursuing studies in queer/trans theory as well as media theory. From 2016-2018 Trick was Co-Artistic Director of LET ME IN Theatre where they co-produced and directed experimental queer adaptations of works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Dante Alighieri. Trick’s passion for experimental text-based theatre has led them to a career in queer academia and creative non-fiction, their current research focus is on the complexities of trans subjectivity in a new-media context.