Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Doubt Takes the Stage at SBU

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
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BOLIVAR, Mo. – “What do you do when you’re not sure?” So begins John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play, Doubt, which will run at Southwest Baptist University April 29-May 1 and May 6-8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Davis-Newport Theater located in the Jester Learning and Performance Center on the Bolivar campus.
The play tells the story of one nun’s suspicions about a priest in her parish. Her certainty – and ours – is put to the test in this compelling production. The audience is invited to participate in a discussion following each performance.
Doubt will be directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Dr. Elissa Sartwell. The world of a 1964 Catholic School is brought to life by scenic designer and Assistant Professor of Theatre Dustin Shaffer. The play features junior Holly Stubbs as Sister Aloysius and freshman Alisha Tyler as Mrs. Muller. On April 29, May 1, and May 7, the role of Father Flynn will be played by sophomore Zach McCoy and Sister James will be performed by freshman Amy Patchen. On April 30, May 6, and May 8, freshman Jake Carver will portray Father Flynn and junior Jessica Horner will play Sister James.
“Early on, we decided to go with two different Father Flynns and two different Sister James in this production.,” said Dr. Sartwell. “In part, this was to give more students an opportunity to perform, but ultimately to illustrate how the same script can be perceived differently. Our two casts help to show how blurry the line is between doubt and certainty. Who knows? You may come two different nights and walk away with two completely different understandings of Father Flynn’s guilt or innocence.”
For tickets please call the SBU box office at (417)328-1691. Tickets are free for faculty members, $2 for SBU students, $3 for seniors, and $5 at the door for everyone else.

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