Doubt, A Parable
by John Patrick Shanley
Direction by Celia Couture
September 2, 2015 @ 7:00 P.M
September 3 @ 7:00 P.M
Call Backs: September 3 @ 9:00 P.M. (If Necessary)
The auditions will take place at Acme Theater: ArtSpace, 61 Summer Street, Maynard, MA. Parking is available on the street in front of the theatre and in the large lot behind the theatre as well.
What to Bring: Auditions will consist of a one minute monologue and cold readings from the script. Please bring a resume of your acting experience and a current headshot. If you don’t have a headshot then we will take a photo for our audition records. Please print out and complete the audition form ahead of time. The form can be downloaded by clicking here. You can also request a form from the show’s producer, Andrew Boncoddo, via email at AcmeTheaterComm@gmail.com. Please be familiar with the play and its various scenes. Sister Aloysius Beauvier may be asked to demonstrate an Irish accent. Father Brendan Flynn and Sister James will require hints of a Bronx accent. The role of Mrs. Muller requires a woman of color. The play will take place as written in 1964.
Performance Dates are: November 20,21,27,28, 29 (matinee), December 4, 5, 11, 12. Rehearsals will begin once the show is cast and conflicts are addressed. Rehearsals scheduled prior to the availability of the Acme space will take place at the home of the director in Tewksbury, MA until the space becomes available (late Sept). Table meeting will occur shortly after auditions.
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, Doubt is set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964. One of the most riveting dramas to hit Broadway, Doubt poses a haunting question: What do you do when you're not sure? Set in a Bronx Catholic School in the fall of 1964, the play concerns Fr. Brendan Flynn, an amiable new parish priest whose forward-thinking views clash with those of Sister Aloysius, the authoritarian principal of the school. Mysterious circumstances lead Sister Aloysius to believe that sexual misconduct occurred between Fr. Flynn and a student.
Sister Aloysius – The head nun and principal of St Nicholas School. In her forties or fifties she is rigid in her beliefs and protective of her school.
Father Flynn – A new priest at St. Nicholas. His background is working class. In his thirties or forties, he is well-liked and particularly popular with the boys that he coaches in basketball. He’s liberal and modern in his religious views.
Sister James – A young nun in her twenties who is an enthusiastic but inexperienced eighth grade teacher at St. Nicholas. She is reserved, but cares about her students and wants to think the best of everyone.
Mrs. Muller – The mother of St. Nicholas student Donald Muller. She is an African-American woman, late thirties to forties, working class, weary and wary of the world.
Note that age ranges for the characters are approximate. Sister James and Father Flynn must be able to play DISCERNABLY younger than Sister Aloysius. Please note, this does not mean that Father Flynn is a newly ordained priest.