Doubt: A Parable
by John Patrick Shanley
November 8 - 10, 2012
Just in time for the Presidential election, Concordia University Texas (CTX) Theatre department presents the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, Doubt; A Parable, by celebrated, American playwright and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley.
The play, set in St. Nicholas’s Catholic Church and School in the Bronx, 1964, is not about elections; however, its investigation into questions of moral and ethical certainty is timely. Doubt tells the story of school principal, Sister Aloysius, who takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of having an improper relationship with the school’s first African-American student.
In the course of the play, the audience witnesses four opposing characters, all seemingly trying to do the right thing, and is left to decide whom to believe.
In his introduction to the play, Shanley writes, “We are living in a culture of extreme advocacy, of confrontation, and of verdict. Communication has become a contest of wills… Maybe… deep down under the chatter we have come to a place where we know that we don’t know… anything. But nobody’s willing to say that.”
The all-student cast features Terry Hillis, as Father Flynn, Elizabeth Oerther, as Sister Aloysius, KyLene Pederson, as Sister James, and Shina Bharadwaja, as Mrs. Muller. Visiting director Dr. Kelly Carolyn Gordon is staging the production.
Doubt; A Parable will be performed at 7:30 pm, November 8-10, in The Black Box Theater, on the Concordia University Texas campus. Single play tickets are $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door, for general admission. Cash or check only. To reserve tickets, please call 512-313-PLAY.
Patrons are advised to buy tickets early, as the show is expected to sell out.
Doubt; A Parable is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. All authorized performance materials are also supplied by DPS: 440 Park Avenue South, New York, New York, 10016. www.dramatists.com
Concordia University Texas is an award-winning institution of higher education, offering undergraduate, graduate and an Accelerated Degree Program for adult students. The main campus is located in Northwest Austin with four university centers in central Austin, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio. A privately-held, accredited, liberal arts university, Concordia is under the auspices of TheLutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It is a member of the highly respectedConcordia University System in which more than 28,000 students are enrollednationwide. For more information, please visit www.concordia.edu.
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