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Executing Justice

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Winnipegger Bill Pats’s tough-as-nails one-man show was inspired by a 2013 Angus Reid poll suggesting 63 per cent of Canadians would support a return to the death penalty. Pats offers a thoughtful what-if scenario set in the year 2030 in which a majority Conservative government has facilitated the first government-sanctioned execution in nearly 80 years, the dubious honour going to Daryl Kane, a one-time line cook transformed by an insane penitentiary experience into a violent monster.

In its running time of around 50 minutes, Pats plays multiple characters, including Kane, one of his surviving victims and an expert on execution from the Alabama penal system drafted to lend his expertise to Canadian novitiates.

It makes for a serious hard-boiled drama designed to spark meaningful dialogue on the issue and provide a solid “No” to Kane’s oft-repeated rhetorical question: “It’s fun to kill somebody, isn’t it?”

— Randall King

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Bill Pats

Cast: Bill Pats

A 2013 Angus Reid Poll revealed that 66% of Canadians support the return of capital punishment.

April 7, 2030, 11 pm: Daryl Kane is one hour away from being the first person executed in Canada since 1962. This is his story.

Written and performed by Bill Pats

***** - CBC

****½ - Winnipeg Free Press

Best Solo Show - CBC, Winnipeg Fringe 2013

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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