Nov 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, and 22nd - Doubt: A Parable
Doubt: A Parableby John Patrick Shanley
Doubt: A Parable is a 90 minute one-act play written by John Patrick Shanley. In 2005, it won almost every theatrical award possible, including the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, New York Drama Critics' Circle Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the Tony Award for Best Play.
Set at a Catholic school in 1964, the play is literally about doubt and our actions in response to unfounded suspicion. The central character in Doubt is Sister Aloysius, an older nun who does not approve of teachers offering friendship and compassion instead of the harsh discipline she feels students need in order to face the real world. When she suspects Father Flynn, a new priest at the school, of improper relations with a student, she is faced with the prospect of confronting him with unproven allegations which could destroy his career as well as her own. To help build her case, she seeks help from an idealistic young nun, whose faith in compassion is challenged, and the mother of the boy, the first black student ever admitted to St. Nicholas. Sister Aloysius' certainty of her suspicion and Father Flynn's adamant denial leaves the audience wondering what really happened. As the playwright has been quoted as saying, the second act takes place when the audience leaves the theatre and begins to discuss their differing opinions of the events.
The cast of Doubt includes Barbara Wilson as Sister Aloysius, Geoff Elliott as Father Flynn, Christy Humann as Sister James, and Jessica Ballard as Mrs. Muller. The play is directed by Ellicia Mertens and produced by Ingrid Gosselin and Mary Rowe.
You won't want to miss this thought provoking drama or the post play discussion it is certain to generate. Be sure to bring a friend.
Performance dates are Nov. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m. with one matinee on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets will go on sale to seat sponsors on Nov. 4 and to season ticket holders and the public on Nov. 5.
Tickets: $12.00 - Adults, $10.00 - Students, and $10.00 - Seniors 65 yrs and up.
Richland Players Theater is located at 608 The Parkway in Richland.