Set in a Catholicschool in the Bronx in the fall of 1964, “Doubt: A Parable” is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama about Sister Aloysius, a rigid and conservative principal with exacting standards who believes that, in order for students to be properly prepared for the world, teachers must offer discipline over compassion. She suspects that a gregarious priest, Father Flynn, newly arrived to the parish, is too friendly with the students, and that he is paying too much attention to young Donald Mueller, the first Negro student ever to be admitted to the school. Through conversation with an innocent, hopeful young nun (Sister James), Sister Aloysius becomes certain that Father Flynn has, or is capable of, an improper relationship with Donald; but she cannot prove her allegations. If she charges him, she will destroy his career, and perhaps her own. She further questions Sister James, as well as Donald’s mother. The story leaves us with questions about what has — and should have — happened, who is right or wrong, and the nature of faith and love.
“Doubt” is a thinking-person’s play. It asks us to think about important moral dilemmas for which there are no easy answers. It is an intelligent, powerful, provocative piece that will certainly stimulate spirited discussion and debate amongst audience members.
Directed by Artistic Director Tim Moore, the play features a cast of returning Thingamajig veterans, among them Moore himself (Father Flynn), Laura Moore (Sister Aloysius), Anna Hershey (Sister James), as well as newcomer Sharina Ramsey-Adams (Mrs. Mueller).
History of the production
“Doubt” opened on Broadway in 2005 at the Walter Kerr Theatre, directed by Doug Hughes. The original cast included Cherry Jones and Brian F. O’Byrne. The show ran in New York for 525 performances. “Doubt” swept the 2005 awards ceremonies, winning four Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The film version of “Doubt” premiered in 2008 with Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis. Shanley directed. “Doubt” is also featured in “The Fourth Wall,” a book of photographs by Amy Arbus for which Shanley wrote the forward.
The idea for the story of “Doubt” was inspired by characters Shanley knew as a young man. “I went to a church in the Bronx,” says Shanley, “in 1964.”
“Doubt” continues its run this Friday, May 25, at 7 p.m. and runs through June 3. For tickets, visit www.pagosacenter.org or call 731-SHOW. The production is appropriate for ages 13 plus.
“Doubt” is produced by the Thingamajig Theatre Company with sponsorship from Citizen’s Bank and The Pagosa Springs SUN.