Friday, April 18, 2008

WOODSMAN on CBC's "Q" Podcast

Download the podcast here: THE WOODSMAN interview begins at 39:25.


Between 2:00 and 3:30 Thursday (April 17) Dirk Van Stralen talks with "Q" host Jian Ghomeshi and playwright Steven Fechter in New York about Pacific Theatre's production of THE WOODSMAN. This from the website of the national CBC program: "The play THE WOODSMAN poses the most challenging of ethical questions - do society's most reviled citizens deserve redemption? We hear from the playwright and the actor who is starring in the Canadian premiere." (Of course, this raises the question whether any of us deserve redemption. But you know what I mean.)

And remember, this is the second last week for WOODSMAN, which I personally consider one of our company's artistic high points. I understand that the subject matter is off-putting, but if you stop and think about it, so is the subject matter of all the best of Jesus' parables. I mean, who wants to hear stories about people being beaten and left for dead at the side of the road, or of a young man spitting in his father's face then bottoming out among hookers and addicts. Sure, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU will be more comfortable, a perfect follow-up to THE WOODSMAN, but are those really the only stories we should tell?

THE WOODSMAN closes April 26. Tickets available at 731-5518 or

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