Shanley's Doubt Begins Previews Tonight

DOUBT, the critically acclaimed new play by John Patrick Shanley, begins previews tonight on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The production, directed by Doug Hughes, opens Thursday, March 31st.

The production stars Cherry Jones as Sister Aloysius and Brían F. O'Byrne as Father Flynn, with Heather Goldenhersh as Sister James and Adriane Lenox as Mrs. Muller. DOUBT is author John Patrick Shanley's first play to be produced on Broadway.

DOUBT is produced by Carole Shorenstein Hays, MTC Productions Inc. (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer), Roger Berlind and Scott Rudin.

Set against the backdrop of a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, DOUBT is the story of a strong-minded woman faced with a difficult decision. Should she voice concerns about one of her male colleagues…even if she's not entirely certain of the truth?

Set design is by John Lee Beatty, costume design is by Catherine Zuber, lighting design is by Pat Collins, original music and sound design is by David Van Tieghem.

Performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00 PM, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2:00 PM, and Sunday at 3:00 PM.

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212: 239-6200 or at the Walter Kerr box office (219 West 48th Street).


BIOGRAPHIES

Cherry Jones (Sister Aloysius) Broadway: LCT's production of The Heiress, Imaginary Friends, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Major Barbara, Night of the Iguana, Our Country's Good, Angels in America, MacBeth, and Steppin' Out. Regional and Off-Broadway: Pride's Crossing, The Baltimore Waltz, The Good Person Of Setzuan, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Seagull, The Three Sisters, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, The Miser, Goodnight Desdemona/Good Morning Juliet, and I am a Camera. Film: Ocean's 12, Synergy, Cradle Will Rock, Erin Brockovich, The Horse Whisperer, The Perfect Storm, Signs, and The Village. Ms. Jones is from Paris, Tennessee, a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon and a proud member of Equity since 1978.

BRÍAN F. O'BYRNE (Father Flynn). Broadway: Frozen (Tony, Obie, Lortel Awards), The Lonesome West (Tony nom., Irish Times Best Actor), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Tony nom.), The Sisters Rosensweig. Off-B'way includes: Bedbound; Smelling a Rat; Hapgood; Marking, Grandchild of Kings; Seconds Out; Philadelphia, Here I Come; Playboy of the Western World. Ireland and London: The Leenane Trilogy (including Skull in Connemara); Hackney Office; Sharon's Grave; Good Evening, Mr. Collins; The Woman Who Walked Into Doors. Film: New World, Million Dollar Baby, Intermission, Easy, Mapmaker, Bandits, An Everlasting Piece, The Grey Zone, Disco Pies, The Fifth Province, The Last Bus Home. TV: "Black Water Lightship," "Oz," "Amongst Women." Training: Trinity College, Dublin. Proud member of AEA.

Heather Goldenhersh (Sister James) Off-Broadway: Freedom-land, Good Night Children Everywhere, and Psyche at Playwrights Horizons; Last Dance at MTC; A Devil Inside by David Lindsay-Abaire at SoHo Rep. Regional: Left at New York Stage and Film; Good Night Children Everywhere at ACT; Beast on the Moon at the Alliance Theatre; Long Day's Journey Into Night (where she became a member of Equity) and The Cherry Orchard both at the Pittsburgh Public. TV: "The Great Gatsby" on A&E, "Sex & The City," "Law & Order: CI" and "SVU." Film: The Believer, Nicholas Nickleby, School of Rock, The Heights, Kinsey, and The Merchant of Venice.

Adriane Lenox (Mrs. Muller) comes to MTC directly from her role as Shug Avery in the world premiere of The Color Purple Musical at the Alliance Theatre. Prior to that, she was "The Moon" in the Public Theater's Off-Broadway production of Caroline or Change. Broadway credits include Ain't Misbehavin', Dreamgirls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss Me Kate, The Buddy Holly Story. Off-Broadway audiences have seen her in Spunk, The Venus, The America Play, Dinah was… (Obie, Audelco Awards), Miss Evers' Boys, and Cavedweller. TV appearances include Law and Order (original), SVU, and Third Watch.

John Patrick Shanley (Playwright). John Patrick Shanley is from the Bronx. He was thrown out of St. Helena's kindergarten. He was banned from St. Anthony's hot lunch program for life. He was expelled from Cardinal Spellman High School. He was placed on academic probation by New York University and instructed to appear before a tribunal if he wished to return. When asked why he had been treated in this way by all these institutions, he burst into tears and said he had no idea. Then he went in the United States Marine Corps. He did fine. He's still doing okay.

Doug Hughes (Director) is resident director at MCC Theater, where he has directed Last Easter, Scattergood, Frozen, and The Grey Zone (Obie Award and Drama Desk nomination), co-produced Wit and received the first-ever MCC Award. Recent work in New York includes Engaged; Flesh and Blood (Callaway Award), The Beard of Avon and A Question of Mercy, all at NYTW; Othello (with Keith David and Liev Schreiber) at the Public; John Guare's Lake Hollywood at Signature; and An Experiment with An Air Pump for MTC. He has directed five productions for the Guthrie, where he also served as director of artistic planning. Other regional: Long Wharf; Seattle Rep; LaJolla Playhouse; the Shakespeare Theatre in D.C.; London's Bush Theatre; Yale Rep; and the McCarter. For his work on Frozen, Hughes received Tony, Lortel and OCC nomination.

JOHN LEE BEATTY (Set Design). Broadway: The Caretaker, Wonderful Town, Retreat From Moscow, Chicago, Tartuffe, Dinner at Eight, Frankie and Johnny, Morning's at Seven, Major Barbara, Footloose, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Little Foxes, Anna Christie, A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, The Most Happy Fella, The Sisters Rosensweig, Burn This, Penn & Teller (twice), Ain't Misbehavin' (twice), Talley's Folly, Fifth of July, Loot, Crimes of the Heart, Baby and Whoopee, among others. Off-Broadway: Big Bill; House and Garden; Sylvia; Irma Vep; The Substance of Fire; The Road to Mecca; Song of Singapore; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; A Life in the Theatre; and many seasons at MTC, Circle Rep and City Center's Encores! A recipient of Tony, Obie, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, graduate of Brown and the Yale School of Drama.

Catherine Zuber (Costume Design). Broadway: Dracula; Frozen; Dinner at Eight (Tony, OCC, Drama Desk noms.); Twelfth Night (Tony and Drama Desk noms.); Ivanov; Triumph of Love (Drama Desk nom.); London Assurance; The Rose Tattoo; Philadelphia, Here I Come!; The Sound of Music; The Red Shoes. Recent: Five by Tenn, Light in the Piazza, Intimate Apparel (Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle noms), Engaged, Beckett/Albee and The Beard of Avon (Lortel Award). She received a 1996 Obie for Sustained Achievement and the 2003 Hewes Award for Outstanding Costume Design.

PAT COLLINS (Lighting Design). Broadway includes: Sight Unseen, Proof; A Moon for the Misbegotten; Once Upon a Mattress; Conversations With My Father; The Heidi Chronicles; I'm Not Rappaport (Tony Award); Execution of Justice (Drama Desk Award); Arsenic and Old Lace; Ain't Misbehavin' (original and 1988 revival); Lincoln Center Theater: Ten Unknowns, An American Daughter, A Delicate Balance, The Sisters Rosensweig, Threepenny Opera (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway includes: Occupant, Burn This, Thief River. Various Regional Theatres. Opera includes: Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Glyndebourne, The Bayerische Staatsoper.

DAVID VAN TIEGHEM (Original Music & Sound Design). Broadway: Reckless, Frozen, The Good Body, The Crucible, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Best Man, Uncle Vanya, Night Must Fall. Off-Broadway: The Beard of Avon, The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Baltimore Waltz, Wit, How I Learned to Drive, The Grey Zone, A Question of Mercy, Cellini, The Dying Gaul, A Few Stout Individuals, Flesh and Blood, The Stendhal Syndrome. Film: Eye of God, Working Girls, Penn & Teller, Wooster Group. Dance: Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Michael Moschen, Boston Ballet. Percussionist: Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Steve Reich. Awards/Nominations: Obie, Bessie, Lortel, Drama Desk. CDs: Strange Cargo, Safety in Numbers, These Things Happen. Internet: www.vantieghem.com

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