by John Patrick Shanley
directed by Nancy Sellin
Set in the 60s, but strongly mirroring present-day sentiment, Doubt – A Parable takes a passionate look at the power of uncertainty and judgment, and the effect they can have on our lives.
Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, Doubt – A Parable tells the story of a beloved and progressive parish priest, Father Flynn, who stands accused of a horrible crime by Sister Aloysius, principal of St. Nicholas Catholic School in the Bronx. Based only upon her own suspicions, she goes on a mission to have Father Flynn removed from his duties at the church and school.
Author John Patrick Shanley remarks about how the play is relevant in today’s society: “There’s a symptom apparent in American right now. It’s evident in entertainment coverage, political talk shows, and in artistic criticism of every kind. We are living in a culture of extreme advocacy of confrontation, of judgment, and of verdict. Communication has become a contest of wills. Doubt requires more courage than conviction does, and more energy; because conviction is a resting place and doubt is infinite—it is a passionate exercise.”
Director Nancy Sellin states, “Extreme certainly and the need to be right can be a closed door to the mind and heart. Doubt leaves room for growth and compassion and another way of seeing. When in doubt, we are challenged to question and perhaps learn to live with not knowing. This play is a brilliantly written story on that very theme.”
The cast of Doubt – A Parable features a powerful cast: Stephanie Jones (Sister Aloysius), Eric John Werner (Father Flynn), Sarah Kesselring (Sister James), and Denielle Fisher Johnson (Mrs. Muller).
Doubt – A Parable opens Friday, Feb. 21, and runs through Sunday, March 15 at The Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street NW. Friday and Saturday evening performances start at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm. General Admission $20, Discount $17 (Seniors, Students, ATG/PBS Members, Military, First Responders) and PWYW Thursday, March 12, at 7:30pm. Opening Weekend Special: All Tickets $15!