Red Octopus Theatre Company and director Bonnie Ross will hold open auditions for “Doubt: A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley on Sunday, August 18 th from 6:30pm-9:00pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center (777 W Olive Street, Newport).
Auditioners will be asked to read from the script (there is no need to prepare a monologue) and should expect to stay for the entire time. Callbacks and additional auditions will be held the following evening (Monday, August 19, from 6:30pm–9:00pm). Audition sides are available on the Red Octopus Theatre Company website ( www.OctopusOnStage.com ).
The production will run November 1-17, 2019, in the David Ogden Stiers Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center. It is a 90-minute play, performed without intermission.
About the show: New York, 1964. Father Flynn is the beloved pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic church, doing good works within his flock and community. The principal of the Catholic school is Sister Aloysius, an impervious and powerful woman who begins to believe that Father Flynn is a little too friendly with a particular, troubled young student. She enlists the confidence of a young and naive nun, Sister James, to report on Father Flynn’s behavior. Those reports convince Sister Aloysius that Father Flynn is improper at best, and predatory at worst. After significant power plays and philosophical war, Sister Aloysius succeeds in eliciting a resignation from Father Flynn, but the emotional and psychological cost is very dear. And there is never a good answer: only doubt.
FATHER BRENDAN FLYNN: (M, late 30s) Affable, comfortable, working-class, warm. His faith is grounded in good works. SISTER ALOYSIUS BEAUVIER: (F, 50s-60s) Watchful, reserved, unsentimental. A fearsome, by-the-book Catholic school principal. SISTER JAMES: (F, 20s) Naive, sunny, innocent, devoted to Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius. Easily coerced but forced to make tough choices. MRS. MULLER: (F, late 30s) A working woman of color and mother of troubled young son in whom Father Flynn has taken special interest. Mrs. Muller has one long crucially important scene in the play.
For more information, visit the Red Octopus Theatre Company website, at www.OctopusOnStage.com . If you cannot make either date but still wish to audition please email firstname.lastname@example.org .