The 2007 winner, “Goodness”, was presented at P.S. 122, March 1 – 11, as announced and reviewed in The New York Times.
In Goodness, written by Michael Redhill, we meet a man named, coincidentally, Michael Redhill. His story concerns his current, bitter divorce; his return to his family’s past in Poland; his encounter with a survivor of a much more recent African genocide.
What Michael Redhill discovers about truth, evil, guilt and the possibility of forgiveness is at the crux of this brilliantly constructed drama.
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“This play grabbed me from the opening strains of plaintive singing to the staggering conclusion. Mr. Redhill has woven together personal stories, past and present, with worldwide horrors, in a play that is as complex as it is riveting. Goodness is a work of tremendous moral ambiguity that keeps asking questions of the audience long after the actors have taken their bows. I hope you can join us for an unforgettable experience in theater.”
“I am not the only one who was blown away. See what some of the critics had to say:”
Globe & Mail, Toronto, October 27, 2005
“There’s more than plain goodness in Goodness. There’s fierce intelligence in the writing of novelist and playwright Michael Redhill, [and] in Ross Manson’s direction…”
The Independent, UK, August 21, 2006
“In a time-shifting tangle of tales-within-tales, Michael Redhill’s Goodness explores the knotty question of why good people carry out the most evil crimes…”
The Herald, Scotland, August 21, 2006
“Searingly intense… a near Pirandellian inquiry into the nature of truth, fiction, speculation and imagined history… “
GOODNESS by Michael Redhill, was invited to Rwanda in October of 2009 to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Michael has generously given the play to the University of Rwanda to be translated and performed with local artists around the country. Volcano Theatre of Toronto continues to present challenging, interesting theatre year after year.
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