Indianapolis theatre company, the Spotlight Players of Beech Grove, present Doubt opening Friday, February 5 and running through Sunday, February 21. This Indianapolis performing arts group tackles deep issues with John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama. Tickets are $12.00 for Indianapolis people and $10.00 for Indianapolis kids, students and senior citizens. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm.
Ken Klingenmeier directs Doubt at the Spotlight Players, starring Nan Macy, Sarah Hoback, Steve Wrighton and Renee Pack. Set in the Bronx in 1964, the name of this play is also one its overlying themes. Sister Aloysius is the iron fisted principal of a St. Nicholas School Church. After a charming new priest, Father Flynn, comes to the school, the delicate fabric of this parochial school lies in the balance. Political and religious communities are in upheaval in the mid 60s Bronx as St. Nicholas School has just accepted its first black student, Donald Muller.
The hopeful and innocent Sister James approaches Sister Aloysius with suspicions that Father Flynn is paying too much attention to Donald. Sister Aloysius is convinced that Father Flynn is guilty of improper relations with a male student, making it her personal mission to see him expunged from the school. Without a bit of evidence, other than her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius confronts both Donald Muller’s mother and Father Flynn about the suspected allegations. But the intricate and delicate web on which the school stands is in danger of crashing down with the first wrong step Sister Aloysius makes. In the words of Father Flynn, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.”
John Patrick Shanley’s play Doubt premiered in 2004 at the Manhattan Theatre Club. In 2005, it began a year long run on Broadway. Shanley’s script is now one of the most widely produced at repertory and regional theatres across the United States. It hits a chord with audiences that cause tremors throughout each city it plays. Winner of countless awards including multiple Drama Desk Awards, Tony Awards, a New York Drama Desk Critic’s Circle Award and a Theatre World Award, Doubt explores the boundaries between suspicion and reality posing many difficult questions in the process.
Definitely a play that warrants some post show discussion, after you see Doubt take a trip to any of these great Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars as you decide whether Sister Aloysius is right or wrong. Remember Devour Downtown is going on now through February 6 in Indianapolis downtown, offering Hoosiers a chance to dine on a budget. Stay tuned to Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis.
February 5 to 21
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 2:30 pm
The Spotlight Players
524 Main Street
Indianapolis, IN 46107