Buena Vista University Theatre will present Doubt, a Parable by John Patrick Shanley on April 25-28 at 8 p.m. in Anderson Auditorium.
The play, which won several awards including the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play and Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama, was also a 2008 movie featuring Meryl Streep who won the Screen Actors Guild award for her performance.
The director is Dr. Bethany Larson, associate professor of theatre. Kadie Dennison, a sophomore English and theatre secondary education double major from Lisbon, is the assistant director. David Walker, assistant professor of theatre, is the technical director and scenic and lighting designer.
The plot, set in 1964, revolves around Sister Aloysius, the principal of St. Nicholas Catholic School, who suspects that one of the priests may have molested a new student, a black boy who is the first person of color to enter the school. Her determination to protect the boy and elicit the truth from Father Flynn results in a clash of wills that threatens to consume them and those around them while undermining the very faith that they profess. The questions raised by the play are timely and a searing test of society’s assumptions about right and wrong, certainty and doubt.
The cast members are:
- Sister Aloysius: Hannah Anderson, a sophomore arts management-theatre major from Boone.
- Father Flynn: Stephen Condon, a freshman vocal performance/theatre double major From Barnum.
- Sister James: Andrea Nicholson, a sophomore arts management-theatre major from St. Paul, Minn.
- Mrs. Muller: Sahara Scott, a junior theatre major from St. Louis, Mo.
Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and non-BVU students. Tickets may be reserved by calling 712.749.2211 and leaving a detailed message, or by going to www.bvu.edu/theatretickets and completing the online form. Due to the unique staging arrangement for this production, seating will be limited.