Alison Woolridge, Ryan Allen, Mike Payette (photo by Peter Bromley)Warmth on a Cold Rock
by Jim Murchison
(Originally, I wanted to send another writer to review this production. My principal reason was that I have auditioned for the director, so there might be a perception of conflict. An unfortunate medical emergency required me to write at the last minute.)Playwright Robert Chafe tells the true story of the disaster in Newfoundland where the Truxtun, an American ship carrying 156 passengers went down in 1942. Only 46 survived. The central character in the play Lanier Phillips' life was transformed by that experience having only known bigotry prior to being rescued. Chafe alternates between Boston school riots in 1974 and the Truxtun disaster allowing the real people to do the storytelling. It is an effective device in showing how an act of humanity can change a life.
Running Time: approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes with no intermission
Read also: Playwright Robert Chafe's first-person piece on creating the work