Pulitzer Prize-Winner DOUBT: A PARABLE To Open at Ocean State Theatre
Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), currently celebrating its fifth season in its comfortable stadium-style theatre in Warwick is proud to present the Regional Professional Premiere of John Patrick Shanley's riveting play, Doubt: A Parable from November 2 - 20.
The winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Play and Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Doubt: A Parable, is set during the civil rights era in 1964 at a Catholic school in the Bronx. The story focuses on the school's principal, Sister Aloysius, a nun who values a stern hand over progressive education. When the personable and charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is suspected of inappropriate behavior with one of the school's male students, Sister Aloysius begins a crusade to rid the church of him - jeopardizing her own career as well as his. As the play unfolds, ideas of compassion, innocence, tolerance and certainty are tested, forcing the question the playwright, John Patrick Shanley, himself posed: "What is lost and what is gained when the world changes?"
Directed by Producing Artistic Director Amiee Turner, the cast includes IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award-winning actress, Donna Sorbello of Boston. In addition to her extensive stage performances, Ms. Sorbello has also appeared on television and in film including portraying Jennifer Garner's character's mother in Invention of Lying and Annabeth Gish's character's mother in "The Brotherhood." Ms. Sorbello is making her OSTC debut as Sister Aloysius. Greg London of South Carolina, who has appeared in OSTC productions of Billy Elliot: The Musical, Damn Yankees and The Sound of Music, returns in the role of Father Flynn. Massachusetts native Caitlin Davies, who earned her MFA from Brown/Trinity, is making her OSTC debut in the role of Sister James and Lovely Hoffman, who was recently seen as Gary Coleman in this past summer's production of Avenue Q, returns in the role of Mrs. Muller.
Doubt: A Parable will be presented at Ocean State Theatre from November 2 - 20. Previews are scheduled for Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, November 3 at 2:00 and 7:30 pm. All other performances will be held Wednesday (except November 9), Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, with matinees on Thursdays (except November 17), Saturdays at 2:00 pm (except November 5 & 12) and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Conducting Conversations Live!, a free post-show discussion hosted by WCRI's Mike Maino, will follow the 2pm performance on Sunday, November 6.
The theatre is located at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI. Tickets are $34 for preview performances, $34-$49 for all other performances except Thrifty Thursday (November 10) when all tickets are priced at a $10 discount ($24-$39). $25 "Rush" tickets are available on a limited basis one hour prior to curtain on the day of the performance. Additional discounted rates may be available for groups of 10 or more by calling (401) 921-1777 x112. Tickets are on sale at the box office Monday through Friday from 12 noon - 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 12 noon - 4:00 pm, and from 12 noon until curtain time on performance days. Tickets are also available online 24 hours a day at www.OceanStateTheatre.org and via telephone during normal box office hours by calling (401) 921-6800.