Doubt

Doubt, a 2005 Tony Award winner for Best Play as well as the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and multiple other awards, is the story of Sister Aloysius, head of St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx…and like many educators in the 1960s, her goal is to rule this school with not only an iron fist but an unchanging presence, as well. But what makes “Doubt” so delicious is director Doug Hughes unflinching approach to very modern problems within this unusually taciturn world, even that of the possible seduction of a St. Nicholas’ student by a priest. Using the play as a vehicle to extract an admission of guilt from the astonished Father Flynn, Sister Aloysius refuses to accept the priest’s simple explanation for the boy’s unusual behavior and continues to determine the priest’s guilt, based on her own strong faith. Writer Patrick Shanley’s story, built around the place doubt has in the hearts and minds of the very faithful, creates an intellectual conflict among the play’s characters that allows the audience to decide, within their own minds and based on their own life experience about the guilt or innocence of everyone involved.