The play won a number of awards in 2005 including the Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, and New York Drama Critics' Circle for Best Play. Florida audiences may recall the film adaptation in 2008 starring Merryl Streep.
Producer/Director, Robert D. Nation, has assembled some of the finest actors in the South Florida area to bring this live, evocative and award-winning drama to area audiences. Set in a fictional church school, in the Bronx, during the fall of 1964. "Doubt' opens with a sermon by Father Flynn, (played by Edward Otto Zielke) a beloved and progressive parish priest, addressing the importance of “uncertainty.” The school's principal, Sister Aloysius, (played by Lory Reyes) a rigidly conservative nun vowed to the order of the Sisters of Charity, insists upon constant vigilance. During a meeting with a younger nun, Sister James, (played by Yanini Aranes) it becomes clear that Aloysius harbors a deep mistrust toward her students, her fellow clergymen, and society in general. Aloysius and Father Flynn are put into direct conflict when she learns from Sister James that the priest had a private meeting with Donald Muller, St. Nicholas’ first African-American student. Mysterious circumstances lead her to believe that sexual misconduct occurred. Confronted, Flynn angrily denies any wrongdoing, insisting that he was disciplining Donald for drinking altar wine. Aloysius, unsatisfied with Flynn's story, meets with Donald's mother, Mrs. Muller, (played by Shani Louis). Despite Aloysius's attempts to shock her, Mrs. Muller says she supports her son's relationship with Flynn. She ignores Aloysius's accusations and Mrs. Muller hints that Donald may be "that way"; that Sister Aloysius should “leave it be.” Aloysius reveals to Sister James that she fabricated a phone call which supposedly incriminated Flynn, but the mere suggestion was enough to cause him to be reassigned to another parish. With no actual proof that Father Flynn is or is not innocent, the audience is left with its own “doubt.”
Performances at Andrews Living Arts are set for Thurs. Fri. Sat. at 8:00 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 3:00 p.m., opening Feb. 8 and playing through Feb. 23. Feb. 7 is a special preview performance, serving a free beverage and popcorn with every paid ticket. The Feb. 23, 2013 performance will have a special start time of 5:00 p.m. for ARTWALK night at F.A.T. Village. Remain for the entire evening and enjoy contemporary street art at Rolling Stock Gallery with live music, live painting and other fine artist’s venues in this new Arts District.
For more information call 954-530-1879 or visit www.andrewslivingarts.com. Tickets for "Doubt" are: adults- $24.95; senior citizens-$21.95; students with ID- $16.95. Group sales of 10 or more- 15% OFF. All tickets are available on line at www.andrewslivingarts.com –click on Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 800-838-3006. Limited seating. Andrews Living Arts is located at 23 NW 5th St. Ft. Lauderdale, 33301. FREE Parking on street.
“Even as "Doubt" holds your conscious attention, it sends off stealth charges that go deeper emotionally. It is tight and absorbing. One of the year’s ten best!” —Ben Brantley, New York Times.
“The best play of the season. The audience gasps out loud at its startling twists and turns. Mr. Stanley deserves the highest possible praise for "Doubt": he doesn’t try to talk you into doing anything but thinking-hard-about the complexity of human behavior.” —Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal.
Just last year Theatre Chat named "Andrews Living Arts (ALA) Best New 2012 South Florida Theatre", now (ALA) choice of their current production of "Doubt' gives you some idea on the wide range of plays, musicals and special events Andrews Living Arts offers to the local community. Don't miss one of the best plays ever written.
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