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DoubtDoubt
by John Patrick Shanley


Oct. 17 - Nov. 8, 2008

Directed by Michael Payne

"Doubt, a Parable" was the recipient of an extraordinary number of awards during its Broadway and Off-Broadway runs.

Its accolades include the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. Other Best Play nods came from the New York Drama Critics' Circle, the Drama Desk Awards and the Lucille Lortel Awards. Prior to this play, John Patrick Shanley is probably best known for his Academy Award-winning screenplay of "Moonstruck."

     

  

"Doubt, a Parable" is a fast-moving, intense story set in 1964 at St. Nicholas, a Catholic church and school in the Bronx. Sister Aloysius is the principal of the school, and she is having doubts about the moral character of the new priest who serves the parish and teaches physical education and religion to the students.

     

She enlists the help of a young eighth grade teacher, Sister James, asking her to watch for any suspicious activities between the priest and the boys at the school. Later, the sister holds a conference with the mother of a new student with whom she fears Father Flynn has had inappropriate contact.

     

As the play progresses, the plot becomes an explosive cat and mouse game between the older nun and the priest, as Sister Aloysius tries to force Father Flynnís confession and resignation without any clear evidence of misconduct. However, after all the sparks fly, Shanley intentionally leaves the ending of his play ambiguous.

  

For the setting and the characters of the nuns, Shanley draws on his own experiences growing up in the Bronx attending Catholic schools. But while the play is rooted in his past, he intends its themes to reach beyond 1964 in a New York borough. In an interview, he explained, "I wanted to write a play embracing doubt. About the merit of doubt as opposed to certainty."

 

In a preface to the manuscript of the play, he writes: "It is Doubt (so often experienced initially as weakness) that changes things. When a man feels unsteady, when he falters, when hard-won knowledge evaporates, he's on the verge of growth." Although the play uses the idea of suspected sexual abuse within a Catholic parish as the driving force of its dramatic plot, Shanley says: "I wasnít at all interested in the church scandals when I wrote the play. What interested me was the moral certainty that people had at that time [the early 1990s] about all kinds of things. And it was so deep, they couldn't see things that were right in front of them."

     

 

 THE CAST    


Father Brendan Flynn   John Brumley
Sister Aloysious Beauvier   Rhonda Clark
Sister James   Alixandra Golden
Mrs. Muller   Tinasha Laraye
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Michael Payne
Set & Sound Design   Michael Payne
Costume Design   Rhonda Clark
Lighting Design   Steven Gillmore
Stage Manager / Light Board Operator   Greg Eskridge
Sound Technician   Brian CastaŮeda
Sound Engineer   Steven Gillmore
Set Construction   Jason McMurray
John Brumley
Steven Gillmore
Michael Payne
Greg Eskridge
Scenic Artist   Nick Backes
Other Scenic Painting   Jason McMurray
Michael Payne
Greg Eskridge
John Brumley
Rhonda Clark
Properties   Rhonda Clark
Stitchers   Danyel Siler
Jason McMurray
Rhonda Clark
Lighting Crew   Emily Johnson
Poster & Ad Design   Jonathan Siler
Website Photos   Rhonda Clark
CST Webmasters   Don Lusk
Phil Carlton
CST Artistic Director   Rhonda Clark
CST Box Office Manager   Vicky Zipf
CST Technical Director   Jason McMurray
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Mona Cross, Danyel Siler, Jon Womastek, Doobie Potter, Classen SAS Drama Department, Jeffrey Meek, Lyric Theatre

Cast Sponsor: Nancy Dawson
Opening Night Party Sponsor: Tom & Jerry's Steak and Fish Grill

 
   

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