Thursday, September 18, 2008

Priestly Problems Explored in 'Doubt,' Staged at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — The Washington College Department of Drama will present John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt" at the Norman James Theatre on Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27, at 8 p.m.

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Drama Desk Award and the Tony Award for Best Play, "Doubt" takes place at a Bronx Catholic school in 1964. A nun wrestles with her suspicions about a popular priest who may or may not be guilty of inappropriate behavior with a student. Armed with little more than a resolute belief in her gut instincts and some minor circumstantial evidence, she launches a campaign to oust the priest. As the plot continues to shift, audience members are forced to wonder whether they (like the nun) are justified in their conclusions.

The New York Times hailed "Doubt" as "an inspired study in moral uncertainty with the compellingly certain structure of an old-fashioned detective story."

In addition to his prodigious output as a playwright, John Patrick Shanley has written extensively for TV and film; he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 1987 box-office hit "Moonstruck." As the latest example of Shanley's Broadway-Hollywood overlap, his big-screen adaptation of "Doubt," starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, is slated for a December 2008 release.

The upcoming Washington College production of "Doubt," directed by Senior Mary Lide, features James Maguire, Lauren Davenport, Kelsy Long and Allison Valliant.

Admission to "Doubt" is free, but reservations are required; call 410/778-7835 or e-mail

September 18, 2008

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