You Must Leave Room for Doubt
Doubt: A Parable – winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play – comes to the Newport Performing Arts Center
NEWPORT, OR – Red Octopus Theatre Company is pleased to present John Patrick Shanley’s incredible drama – “Doubt: A Parable” – live on stage November 1-17 in the David Ogden Stiers Theatre at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
It’s 1964 and beloved pastor Father Flynn is doing good works within his flock and his community. When Sister Aloysius – the impervious and powerful principal of the local Catholic school – begins to suspect that Flynn has become just a bit too friendly with a troubled young student, she enlists the help of younger, naïve Sister James to report on his behavior.
Variety called the play “A gripping story of suspicion” while NY Newsday characterized the piece as “Blunt yet subtle, manipulative but full of empathy for all sides, the play is set in 1964 but could not be more timely…passionate, exquisite, important and engrossing.”
“I love the juicy dialogue,” notes director Bonnie Ross, “And I love the questions this play asks. I love the multiple never-best answers, and I love that the story is about certainty as much as it is about doubt. How can we become so certain and still be so wrong? How do we live with doubt? How can we be convinced of anything? Doubt is the germ that leads us to pause and ask ourselves ‘Wait a minute…why?’ All the great thoughts and great thinkers start with that question.”
The production features Nathan Bush as Father Flynn, Linda Capshaw as Sister Aloysius, Autumn Green as Sister James, and Meagan Amos as Mrs. Muller. The show is stage managed by Barbara Berge with sets designed by Ernie Brown. Lighting is provided by Ron Miller and Jed Hansen, sound by Justin Gleeson and Dean Seanor, and Laura Matthews is House Manager.
Doubt: A Parable runs Friday, November 1st through Sunday, November 17th– Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm, and Sundays (November 10th and 17th) at 2:00pm. There is also one Thursday performance – on November 14th at 7:00pm*. Tickets are $22 ($16 for Students/Seniors, $20 for OCCA Members) and are available in person at the Newport Performing Arts Center box office (777 W. Olive Street, Newport, Oregon), by phone (541-265-ARTS), or online** at www.coastarts.org.
For more information about this production, or about Red Octopus Theatre Company, visit www.OctopusOnStage.com.
* On Thursday, November 14th, all seats are just $15 at the door with a donation of two cans of food for Food Share of Lincoln County. Please note that this offer is available at the door on the night of the show only, and subject to seat availability. This offer does not apply to tickets purchased in advance.