Edina grad wrote and stars in new play about clergy abuse

Home Town Source

By Home Town Source on August 29, 2016 at 4:14 am

After decades away in Hollywood and a dark period including government collusion and gold mining, John Woehrle is returning to the stage in his home state.

Woehrle, an Edina High School class of 1970 graduate, is premiering the play “Trust,” which he wrote and stars in, beginning this weekend at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis.

The play follows a Catholic college senior, Michael, who must come to terms with the sexual abuse he endured as a child by a trusted priest and the difficult time he has balancing his memories of past trauma and normalcy he thought had built for himself.

The play is more than simply fiction.

Woehrle was working with a former student Jim Hanson, now a professor at St. Olaf, on a project called “Apostle on the Edge,” when he discovered that Hanson had been abused in his past by a Lutheran pastor.

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