Doubt, a Parable

Doubt, a Parable

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

Written by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Maureen Porter

October 2–4 and 9–11 at 8:00 p.m.
October 5 and 12 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Donald Savage Building in the Flexible Theater

Doubt, a Parable

Night of the Iguana

John McClain's outline of "Within the broken down environs of a cheap Mexican resort hotel [Williams] has created a mood of pervading loneliness and despair as intrusive as the Equinoxial storm that stirs sudden lightning flashes and gushes through the tattered room. The desolation, the emptiness are in his people: the tough, sex-starved widow who runs the hotel; the neurotic, defrocked minister, and the gentle maiden lady from New England.

Thrown together in this squalid setting their human needs become explicit, and from their conflicts comes the realization that life must be endured, and that the spirit will somehow survive even beyond the limits of anguish. Mr. Williams veers off in many philosophic directions in this searing pastorale, but he is chiefly concerned with the relationship of the Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon and Miss Hannah Jelkes, the sad, 40ish lady who travels the world with her grandfather ('the oldest practicing poet in the world'), painting quick portraits, for a fee, while the nonagenarian recites poetry to hotel guests.

Rev. Shannon, having been relieved of his cloth for sexual irregularities, has landed at the Costa Verde hotel, near Acapulco, on the verge of one of his periodic mental breakdowns. The proprietress, an old friend, is prepared to offer him a bed and will, in fact, share it with him if he wishes. But then Miss Jelkes and her grandpa arrive, penniless but prepared to offer their services to the guests in return for lodging.

There is a strange and immediate rapport between the discredited cleric and the lonely artist. The play's most poignant moments—scenes of enormous compassion—grow out of the understanding of these two people, their mutual need for companionship and roots, their final moments of nobility in small gestures of unselfishness to aid one another."

Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Donn Youngstrom

November 7–8 and 14–15 at 8:00 p.m.
November 9 and 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Upton Hall in Warren Enters Theatre


Doubt, a Parable

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.

An Andy Anselmo musical
Directed by Jennifer Toohey

March 6–7 and 13–14 at 8:00 p.m.
March 8 and 15 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Upton Hall in Warren Enters Theatre

Doubt, a Parable


Dance experiments in exponential expressions.

Choreographed by the Dance faculty

April 23–25 at 8:00 p.m.
April 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Upton Hall in Warren Enters Theatre


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