USU Eastern Theatre troupe to perform on-stage classic and prize-winning 'Doubt'
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play "Doubt" will begin a two week run at USU Eastern's Geary Theatre starting Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
John Patrick Shanley's play which has been described as "brilliant and powerful" centers on Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal who takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the school's young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.
USU Eastern Theatre Department Chairperson Corey Ewan Ph. D., will direct the play with Brent Innes designing the set.
"Doubt" was made into a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep, the late Philip Seymour Hoffmann, Viola Davis and Amy Adams, all of whom were nominated for Academy Awards due to their participation in the film.
The USU Eastern film department feels they have a similarly talented cast of characters this winter.
"We have a strong cast of seasoned performers, I am looking forward to seeing what they will bring to their respective roles," Ewan said. "This cast has caught the vision and have demonstrated a maturity of performance that has been exciting to be a part of. I am very pleased with the outcome and the production."
Ewan cast two sophomores in the leading roles: Annie Zelasko from Olympus High School is playing Sister Aloysius and Josh Bone, a Carbon High School graduate is taking on the conflicted and complex role of Father Flynn.
"We are fortunate to have two strong freshman playing the supporting roles of Sister James and Mrs. Muller: Olivia (Libby) Pietereit from Juan Diego High School and Lesly Gaona-Partida from Pine View High School.
Zelasko says "Doubt" will entice the audience with the raw emotion from all ends of the spectrum, from frustration and sorrow to joy and confusion.
Bone likes the play because of its entertainment value and its intensity.
Gaona-Patrida quotes Father Flynn, "Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty." She continues from Mrs. Muller's lines, "You can't hold a child responsible for what God gave him to be." She finishes with, "whether you think he's guilty or not, it will make you doubt yourself."
Stage manager Josie Slade, believes people should see this play because it is an eye opening experience that forces the audience to feel and ultimately question what we believe and we have seen.
"Doubt" will run on Feb. 13, 14, and Feb. 15. The play's second run will begin on Feb. 20, continuing on Feb. 21 and Feb. 22.
Seating is limited as the production and seating is on the stage of the theatre. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for USU Eastern faculty and staff and non-USU Eastern students.