Milwaukee Chamber Theatre Presents DOUBT, A PARABLE

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre presents

DOUBT, A PARABLE

by John Patrick Shanley

April 12-29, 2018

Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre

 

Milwaukee, WI. … What is Father Flynn hiding? In DOUBT, A PARABLE, running April 12-29, 2018, that is the question that sends Sister Aloysius Beauvier on a personal crusade with devastating consequences. John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play, directed by MCT producing artistic director C. Michael Wright, will be performed at the Broadway Theatre Center’s Cabot Theatre in the Historic Third Ward.

 

In 1964, at a Catholic parish in the Bronx, there is a secret. Sister Aloysius, principal of the parish school, is certain she knows it. But her suspicion is not enough, when the suspected sinner is the parish priest, and his possible victim is a boy who is also the school’s first black student. Equipped with nothing but her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius sets out with a young teacher to expose the truth – if she can determine exactly what that truth is. This award-winning work is a master study in the crushing weight of ambiguity, and leaves nothing certain.

 

MCT’s production of DOUBT will feature a cast of four talented actors, all based right here in Wisconsin. Opposing each other during the play are two members of American Players Theatre’s Core Company who are well-known to audiences in Milwaukee. Colleen Madden, playing Sister Aloysius, will make her MCT debut with this production, though she’s previously worked with C. Michael Wright on THE SYRINGA TREE at both APT and Renaissance Theaterworks. Marcus Truschinski, playing Father Flynn, most recently appeared at MCT in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED].

 

Rounding out the cast is April Paul as the young teacher Sister James, who will appear on the Cabot Theatre stage for the first time since she made her MCT debut as a student in PICNIC in 2009, and Malkia Stampley, who makes her own MCT debut as Mrs. Muller, mother of the boy Sister Aloysius suspects is being victimized.

 

DOUBT was originally staged more than a decade ago, winning both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play in 2005, and was also produced in a film adaptation in 2008. But revisiting Shanley’s preface to the published edition, the ideas behind it feel easily as relevant today – if not more.

 

“We are living,” Shanley writes, “in a culture of extreme advocacy, of confrontation, of judgment, and of verdict. Discussion has given way to debate. Communication has become a contest of wills. Public talking has become obnoxious and insincere. Why? Maybe it’s because deep down under the chatter we have come to a place where we know that we don’t know… anything.”

 

It’s that complicated kind of thinking that makes director C. Michael Wright so passionate about this play, which he originally saw on Broadway in 2005. “I find Shanley’s approach to especially difficult subject matter to be courageous, multi-layered and totally riveting,” he says, adding that he has a number of personal ties to the piece. Not just raised Catholic, he was an altar boy himself in 1964, the very year Shanley chose to set the play in.

 

DOUBT, A PARABLE marks the concluding work in MCT’s 43rd season, “The Mysteries of Life.” Subscriptions are now on sale for the 2018-19 season, titled “A Time for Risk,” which will begin in August with the adventure-mystery SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY in the Cabot Theatre. More details are available at milwaukeechambertheatre.com.

 

DOUBT, A PARABLE performances will take place April 12-29, 2018 (Opening Night: Friday, April 13), in the Broadway Theatre Center’s Studio Theatre, 158 N. Broadway in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward. Tickets are available Monday through Saturday from noon-6:00 p.m. (noon-5:00 p.m. summer hours through August 5) at the Broadway Theatre Center Box Office, 158 N. Broadway, or by phone at (414) 291-7800. Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day at milwaukeechambertheatre.com. Group, student and senior discounts are also available. For more information, visit milwaukeechambertheatre.com. DOUBT, A PARABLE is co-sponsored by John Holland, Marianne & Sheldon B. Lubar, and Dick & Diane Wright.

 

[ CAST ]

Sister Aloysius Beauvier ……………………………………………………………………………. Colleen Madden

Sister James ………………………………………………………………………………………………………. April Paul

Mrs. Muller …………………………………………………………………………………………….. Malkia Stampley

Father Brendan Flynn ……………………………………………………………………………. Marcus Truschinski

 

 

[ PRODUCTION STAFF ]

Director………………………………………………………………………………………………….. C. Michael Wright

Stage Manager…………………………………………………………………………………………………… Judy Martel

Scenic Designer…………………………………………………………………………………………………. Steve Barnes

Costume Designer……………………………………………………………………………………………… Kim Instenes

Lighting Designer……………………………………………………………………………………………. David Gipson

Sound Designer……………………………………………………………………………………………. Victoria Deiorio

Properties Designer……………………………………………………………………………………………. Madelyn Yee

Dialect Coach………………………………………………………………………………………….. Raeleen McMillion

Assistant Director……………………………………………………………………………………… Kayleigh Kitzman

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