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Thursday, 16 October 2014 09:30

Fall show resonates with Rosebud Theatre Director

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Rosebud’s fall production, Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley is striking a chord with many audience members and even some of the crew, including Rosebud Theatre’s Artistic Director, Morris Ertman.


“The Baptist church I grew up in had a similar character to Father Flynn in the play — a forward thinker who challenged traditional views. It was the aftermath of the ’60s and change was afoot everywhere, even in our little Baptist church,” describes Ertman.
“Shanley’s play is about change as much as it is about issues in the Catholic Church at the time. It is a story about perceptions in a time of change, and how people believe in those perceptions as truth. That is what happened in the church I grew up in. A pastor with a real heart for relevance faced a terrible opposition that drove him from the congregation, but here’s the good news. Humility and grace prevailed, albeit 10 or so years later, when the parties involved laid down their causes and embraced the possibility that they may have behaved wrongly. Without giving away the end of the play, suffice it to say that my experience watching the story of my home church has given me great optimism in the potential for good to come from difficult situations.
“The play is a story about the most difficult period of conflict in both a young priest and an elderly nun’s time together. It is about suspicion run amuck. And it reveals such truth about the nature of human beings caught up in emotional corners where reason no longer prevails.”
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. After the performance, audience members are invited to stay and discuss how they interpret and connect with the story.
Doubt, A Parable plays at Rosebud Theatre until Oct. 25 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Before the show audience members are treated to a delicious buffet meal at the Rosebud Mercantile accompanied by live musicians. Matinées and evening performances are available.
Adult tickets range from $61.95 to $75.60. Senior, student, child and group pricing are also available.
For more information and reservations, visit: rosebudtheatre.com or contact the Box Office at 1-800-267-7553.

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