Temple Israel and All Saints’ Westboro are presenting The Knitting Pilgrim, featuring actor and knitter Kirk Dunn, a multidisciplinary one-man show that combines personal storytelling, image projection, and three huge hand-knitted panels that look like stained glass windows, to explore the connection amongst the Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The panels, which look like tapestries, took Kirk 15 years to knit, and are part of his hope to create conversation around the rise of populism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and fear of the ‘other.’ The show speaks to our need to practice empathy (especially interfaith empathy) and to enter into complex conversations, that aren’t black and white, about why people struggle to get along in the world today. The performance was a Critic’s Pick at the Toronto, Ottawa and Hamilton Fringes, one of Top Ten Shows to See in May 2019 by NOW Magazine, 5 out of 5 Stars from Mooney on Theatre, and 6 out of 5 stars from CFMU radio. If you missed it in June, be sure to see it now!
The Knitting Pilgrim is being presented by Temple Israel and All Saints’ Anglican Church, Westboro, at Temple Israel, 1301 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, on Monday, Dec 2 at 7 pm. Single tickets are $15 in advance, or $100 for Patron tickets, which include reserved seats and an $85 donation which helps to keep ticket prices down and provide ticket assistance to those in need. More information including photos, a short video introduction and ticket purchase link is available at http://templeisraelottawa.