The Woodsman

By Steven Fechter
Directed by Erik Hoover
March 7-22, 2015
Performed at Nimbus Theater

Make good choices.

Most people harbor a darkness in their mind and struggle against it… most win. Some don’t. After twelve years in prison, a convicted child molester moves back to his home town determined not to lose the struggle this time. His effort is complicated by the woman in his bed, the police officer in his shadow, and the grade school across the street. Prejudice. Suspicion. Temptation. Recognition. Sometimes the only way to triumph over darkness is to meet it with darkness, and live in hope that forgiveness will someday follow.

The Castwoodsman_postcard

Walter – Adam Whisner
Nikki – Katherine Kupiecki
Lucas – William Goblirsch
Rosen – Ben Tallen *
Carlos – James Rodríguez
Robin – Lillie Horton
Puppeteers – William Goblirsch, Katherine Kupiecki, Ben Tallen

The Crew

Director – Erik Hoover
Stage Manager – Clara Costello
Costume Designer – Mandi Johnson *
Lighting Designer – Julia Carlis *
Props Designer – Amy Pirkl *
Puppet/Set Designer – Derek Lee Miller
Sound Designer – Matthew Vichlach
Dramaturg – Christine “Kit” Gordon *
Producer – Carin Bratlie *

*Theatre Pro Rata Company Member

The Press

Lavender Magazine calls Adam Whisner’s performance one of the Crème de la Crème of 2015.

“Adam Whisner is absolutely riveting in the role”
“Fechter’s script offers such a fascinating character that we can’t turn away.” –City Pages

“Staging a play about a convicted child molester could be considered a big gamble for any theater… thanks to Erik Hoover’s precise direction and a smart, spare performance by Adam Whisner as flawed leading man Walter, it’s one that pays off.”
“Whisner’s portrayal of Walter [is] not directly begging for redemption or forgiveness, just reminding us that there’s nothing so bravely vulnerable, so emotionally raw, as no-holds-barred live performance.” –Star Tribune

“It’s not an easy play to watch, but Theatre Pro Rata’s production is so well done, thought-provoking, and impactful, that it’s worth the effort.”
“Adam Whisner’s performance as Walter is particularly affecting as he creates a layered character that’s alternately guarded and fully vulnerable, sympathetic and detestable.” –Cherry and Spoon

“Adam Whisner renders a wrenching performance as Walter” –Lavender Magazine

Marianne Combs recommends the show on the Weekend Arts Roundup on 89.3 The Current’s morning show.

John Townsend further explores the topic of child molestation in a special article for Lavender Magazine.

Lavender Magazine highlights the show in its Arts Spotlight.

The Star Tribune features the show in its Onstage Spotlight.
Broadway World announces the opening of the show.

Performance Dates
Saturday, March 7 @ 7:30 p.m. – Opening Night party
Sunday, March 8 @ 7:30 p.m. – Pay What You Can Performance and Jacob Wetterling Foundation Night
Monday, March 9 @ 7:30 p.m. – Pay What You Can Performance
Friday, March 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 22 @ 3:00 p.m.

Jacob Wetterling Foundation Night

On Sunday, March 8, Theatre Pro Rata will hosted a post-show discussion with Alison Feigh (Program Coordinator for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center), members of the cast and crew, and other guest speakers. The discussion focused on respectful exploration of the issue of sex offenders and how to aid in prevention.


Virtual Playbill
Study Guide

Photo Gallery

Pictured: Adam Whisner
Photography by: Charles Gorrill