Sep 7, 2017 to Sep 16, 2017
Doubt is one of the most renowned plays of our time. EPAC is thrilled to present this topical, relevant, and controversial play to you, our loyal audience. The play is set in the fictional St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx during the fall of 1964. It opens with a sermon by Father Flynn, a beloved and progressive parish priest, addressing the importance of uncertainty ("Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty," he says). The school's principal, Sister Aloysius, a rigidly conservative nun vowed to the order of the Sisters of Charity, insists upon constant vigilance. During a meeting with a younger nun, Sister James, it becomes clear that Aloysius harbors a deep mistrust toward her students, her fellow teachers, and society in general. Naive and impressionable, James is easily upset by Aloysius’s severe manner and harsh criticism. Doubt takes the uncomfortable subject of child abuse within the Catholic Church and distills it down to a parable about the philosophical and human aspects of incrimination. The play was turned into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Father Flynn and Meryl Streep as Sister Aloysius. Doubt: A Parable is surely an important play for our times, and we look forward to taking a fresh look at this modern classic.
Ephrata Performing Arts Center
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