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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 11:37

Award winning Doubt: A Parable onstage in Rosebud this fall

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Doubt:  a status between belief and disbelief, involving uncertainty, distrust, or lack of sureness of an alleged fact,action, motive, or decision.


Life is full of doubt. Everyone experiences it at one time or another. And it can involve a multitude of topics from a trivial purchase with little consequence to something much larger that involves people and can seriously change the paths of the lives of those involved. At Rosebud Theatre this fall, Doubt: A Parable graces the Opera House stage and lets audiences focus on one particular case of doubt and make their own decisions about the events that unfurl.
When a conservative and traditional nun has suspicions about a new priest at the school paying too much attention to one troubled student, she launches a crusade to expose the truth: whatever the cost. Secrets unfold with shocking suspense in this Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning play, which in 2008 also became an Academy Award-nominated movie starring Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour-Hoffman, and Amy Adams.
Director Morris Ertman comments,  “This is an amazing play about more than what meets the eye. It's about suspicion, ulterior motives, and how decisions affect people’s lives. It asks difficult questions of the audience about what they would do in similar situations. This may only be a one-act play, but the second act begins when you get in the car for the drive home and start discussing the story you just saw and the decisions made by each of the characters. 
The show features some well-known Rosebud faces and is perfectly cast according to Ertman. 
Nathan Schmidt [Fiddler on the Roof, Freud's Last Session] plays the charismatic and very modern Father Flynn, and he will capture our sympathies immediately. Jeany Van Meltebeke [Fiddler on the Roof, The Diary of Anne Frank] plays the traditional nun at the centre of the investigation, and she is so sympathetic as a person, we will find ourselves onside with her as well. And then there's Heather Pattengale [Mary’s Wedding, We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, and Our Town], playing a young nun teacher who is caught in the middle. She is an innocent foil that keeps both Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius accountable to a truth we're aching to know." Rounding out the cast is Lennette Randall, a recent graduate of Rosebud School of the Arts, playing the mother of a young disadvantaged boy who may be the centre of the trouble.
Doubt: A Parable plays at Rosebud Theatre from September 19 to October 25, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and includes a delicious buffet meal at the Rosebud Mercantile before the show. Matinees and evening performances are available. Adult tickets range from $61.95 to $75.60. Ask about our senior, student, child and group pricing. For more information and reservations, visit www.rosebudtheatre.com or contact the Box Office at 1-800-267-7553.

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