The devil in question is Bob Brader’s violent Marine Corps veteran father, who made his son’s young life miserable with near-daily beatings, constant belittling and threats.
But he was a different person to others, a hail-fellow-well-met type known and apparently loved by everyone.
Brader describes life with father in his harrowing and powerful one-man show “Spitting In The Face Of The Devil,” playing only three more shows at New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad. The show is directed by Brader’s wife Suzanne Bachner, who also wrote and directs the main-stage show “Brilliant Mistake.”
Brader explains how his father expropriated his son’s male friends – first David (in fifth grade) and later Richard, spending far more time with them than with his son – and recounts his shock when Richard told him his father was gay.
It’s a difficult story to hear, but extremely well presented – Brader eventually went to NYU’s well-known Tisch School to study acting, much to his father’s disgust, and he’s a riveting actor as well as storyteller.
Proceeds from Brader’s four-night show will go to the Women’s Resource Center in Oceanside, which provides shelter, crisis intervention and counseling and education programs for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
“Spitting In The Face Of The Devil” plays through June 11 at New Village Arts Theatre, 2787 State St., Carlsbad.
June 10-11 at 7 pm.
For tickets, call (760) 433-3245 or visit HERE.
To read more reviews by SDGLN Theater Critic Jean Lowerison, click HERE.