Emporia State Theatre presents ‘Doubt’

March 29, 2012

The 2011-2012 season at ESU Theatre continues with the award-winning “Doubt: A Parable.” Written by John Patrick Shanley in 2004, Doubt made it’s Broadway debut in 2005 winning numerous awards including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Antoinette Perry Award for Best Play.

Set at a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964, “Doubt” concerns Sister Aloysius (Cara Lohkamp, Junior, Wichita), who does not approve of the reforms of Pope John. Nor does she feel that teachers should offer friendship and compassion over the discipline she feels students require to face the harsh world. When she suspects Father Flynn (Noah Mefford, Senior, Burlington) of sexually abusing a student, she is faced with the prospect of charging him with unproven allegations and possibly destroying both of their careers. To help build her case, she enlists the aid of Sister James, an idealistic young nun (Natalie King, Junior, Wichita). Also included in the cast is the alleged victim’s mother, Mrs. Muller played by Sophomore Whitney Steinike from Wilson, Kan.

“Doubt” is under the direction of Dr. Jim Ryan. Senior Ross Rundell (Salina) is the set designer with assistance from faculty member Nancy Pontius. Senior Lindsey Jarvis (Paola) will be designing the costumes and senior Trinity Standridge (Olathe) is designing hair and makeup. The lighting designer is Senior Josh Taylor (Salina). The Production Stage Manager is Senior Thomas Govert from Arkansas City, KS, with assistance from Lexey Jost, (Junior, Hutchinson.)

“Doubt” leaves much for the audience to consider after the curtain falls. What exactly is the nature of doubt vs. certainty? When must we act upon our suspicions regardless of the facts? Do the ends justify the means? One of the contemporary theater’s most celebrated works, “Doubt” was adapted into a screenplay and became a feature film starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis in 2008.

Performances for “Doubt” are Wednesday, April 4 through Saturday, April 7 and again the following Wednesday, April 11 through Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ronald Q. Frederickson Theatre in Roosevelt Hall at Emporia State University. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for students. They are available from the University Box Office, (620) 341-6378.



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