Doubt: A Parable

RL_Doubt_Simon FitzpatrickThe dangers of moral uncertainty collide with the exploitation of power and innocence, revisiting the unshakeable question: did he or didn’t he? in John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable at Chapel Off Chapel for a limited season from 13 August 2015.

This award-winning play takes place at a Catholic School in the Bronx during the tumultuous 1960s. Sister Aloysius, guided by her faith and intuition with only circumstantial evidence, sets about to force the charismatic new priest, Father Flynn, to confess to an unforgivable act.

In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences. Doubt: A Parable is an exquisite, potent drama that will raise questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties.

Originally staged off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in November  2004, Doubt: A Parable has won countless awards including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The play was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Father Flynn and Meryl Streep as Sister Aloysius.

John Patrick Shanley is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award–winning American playwright, an Oscar winning screenwriter, and a theatre and film director. His theatre work includes: Welcome to the Moon, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, The Wild Goose Defiance, and Outside Mullingar. His Film work includes: Moonstruck, Joe Versus the Volcano, Alive, Congo, Live From Baghdad and The Waltz of the Tulips.

Director: Stephen Wheat  Cast: Daniel Humphris, Penny Larkins, Daniel Humphris, Tariro Mavondo and Krista Thomson  Costume Designer: Kim Bishop

Doubt: A Parable
The Loft – Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran
Season 13 – 22 August 2015
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Image: Daniel Humphris and Krista Thomson in Doubt – photo by Simon Fitzpatrick