More provocation from US playwright Bruce Norris whose ‘Clybourne Park’ and ‘The Low Road’ both created quite a stir. This one questions our capacity for forgiveness by focusing on four men, who have served sentences for sex crimes against minors, living in downstate Illinois. When a knock on the door comes, does it signify retribution or redemption?
Set in a home for convicted paedophiles who have served their time, this certainly isn’t a light-hearted play. But critics have praised its sensitivity and dark humour as well as its harrowing performances. One thing everyone seems to agree on – it’s very good.
In downstate Illinois, four men convicted of sex crimes against minors share a group home where they live out their lives in the shadow of the offences they committed. A man shows up to confront his childhood abuser — but does he want closure or retribution? This provocative new play zeroes in on the limits of our compassion and what happens when society deems anyone beyond forgiveness. Content Advisory: Please note: This production discusses and contains graphic descriptions of child abuse and rape, there is also reference to drug use and self-harm that some people may find distressing.