Doubt, A Parable

by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Scott Painter

Script Review: Jan. 6, 2019

Audition: Jan. 13, 2019

Performance Dates

Mar. 22, 23, 29, 30, Apr. 5, Apr. & 6, 2019 at 8:00PM
Mar. 31 Apr. & 7, 2019 at 2:00PM

A Curtain Panels audience talkback follows the March 31 matinee.


  • Sister Aloysius Beauvier – The head nun and principal of St Nicholas School. Driven by a high sense of duty but rigid and conservative.
  • Father Brendan Flynn – A middle aged priest. Articulate and personable.
  • Sister James – A young impressionable nun. Enthusiastic but inexperienced teacher.
  • Mrs. Muller – The mother of Donald Muller, the school's first black student.

In a sermon, Father Flynn, the progressive and beloved priest of St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, asks "What do you do when you're not sure?" It is 1964 and things are changing to the chagrin of rigid parish school principal Sister Aloysius. When a possibly unwarranted accusation is leveled against Father Flynn, that he may have had improper relations with one of the male students, Sister Aloysius realizes the only way to get justice is to create it herself. In stunning prose, playwright John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, truth and consequences. Doubt, a Parable is the Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award.

"Doubt is a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest's behavior that is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty ... blunt yet subtle, manipulative but full of empathy for all sides. In just ninety fast-moving minutes, Shanley creates four blazingly individual people." - Dramatists Play Service

Scott Painter makes his Curtain Players directorial debut at the helm of Doubt, a Parable. He has been involved with community theatre for over 30 years. He comes to Curtain Players from Bucyrus Little Theatre (BLT), where he served as president for many of those years.

Scott has acted, produced, stage managed and with wife, Janet, designed and built sets for many of his shows and others at BLT. He has a decided preference for the challenges of putting a show together. As such, Scott has directed 20 shows including To Kill a Mockingbird, Annie, Driving Miss Daisy, Lost in Yonkers, Tuesdays with Morrie, Peter Pan, Of Mice and Men, and Doubt, a Parable. He has a particular passion for character development and believes Doubt offers a great opportunity for actors similarly minded.

When

Where

Script Review, auditions and performances take place at:
Curtain Players Theatre
5691 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021

Curtain Players offers a script review session for each of its productions as a help for actors seeking roles, but attendance is not required to audition. The event is an opportunity for actors to become acquainted with the community theatre organization, to discuss the play with the director, and to ask questions about the audition process, rehearsal period, and production plans. Those interested in working behind the scenes are also invited to attend.

Curtain Players conducts open auditions for its productions. Roles are not cast in advance. Casting decisions are made by the director and a casting committee comprised of a member of the theatre board, a general member of the organization, and individuals of the director's choosing.

Actors are encouraged to come to auditions familiar with the script and ready to read cuttings from the script. Every effort will be made to give actors equal chances to read. Resumes and head shots are helpful but not necessary.

Curtain Players has donated two copies of the script to Westerville Public Library for general circulation.

Curtain Players conducts one evening of auditions for each production. The Doubt audition is scheduled for Sunday, January 13. Requests for an alternate audition opportunity will be considered by the director if received by December 30. Please submit those to production@curtainplayers.org

Questions related to the audition process may be directed to production@curtainplayers.org.

Rehearsals will normally occur on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 PM beginning Sunday, February 3, or as called.

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