Doubt: A Parable
- Amy Russell
- 20 May 2010
As extensive allegations of child abuse within the Catholic Church continue to simmer in the headlines, Theatre Jezebel is set to challenge audiences with a portrayal of accusation that is altogether more troubling in its ambiguity. John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt: A Parable sets a rigidly traditional nun and principal of the church school against a progressive parish priest in a fierce battle of wills and suspicion – and as allegations are laid down, the gap between certainty and doubt is blurred and individual interpretation creates a production unique to each audience member.
Set in New York in 1964, a year after Kennedy’s assassination, the plot touches on race and gender issues that are obviously still relevant to a modern audience. The position of the nuns within the patriarchal systems of the church is a theme that director Mary McCluskey is particularly keen to bring to the fore. ‘Women don’t get the opportunity that often to have these meaty parts and to go on those emotional journeys with the characters. We’re seeking to find plays that fit that role and this is certainly one of them.’
McCluskey would be ‘most pleased’ if this skillfully emotive piece of theatre ‘caused great arguments in the bar afterwards’ and it will, no doubt, do just that.
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