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Doubt: A Parable, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Westport Country Playhouse - Doubt -Betsy Aidem, Eric Bryant by carol rosegg
For the past 90 years, the Westport Country Playhouse located in Westport, Connecticut has been dazzling audiences with their high-quality, professional performances. Director David Kennedy continues the tradition of excellence with his presentation of Doubt: A Parable. Written by Playwright John Patrick Shanley, the play was the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The talented ensemble cast features actors Betsy Aidem, Eric Bryant, Kerstin Anderson, and Sharina Martin. The play runs from November 2 - 20 (in-person tickets) and from November 11 - 21 (virtual tickets).

 

Kerstin Anderson, Betsy Aidem - Doubt: A Parable - Westport Country Playhouse photo by Carol Rosegg
Kerstin Anderson (Sister James), Betsy Aidem (Sister Aloysius)
Doubt: A Parable

After COVID restrictions for the past 2-years, it was wonderful to be back in Westport, Connecticut sitting in the Westport Country Playhouse on Opening Night, Saturday, November 6, 2021, to see the play, Doubt: A Parable. No shrinking violet when it comes to putting on plays that push the envelope and make the audience think and perhaps reevaluate one's rationale and beliefs, Westport Country Playhouse Director David Kennedy once again elicited the absolute best from his outstanding cast to deliver a flawless performance. The talented ensemble cast consisted of Betsy Aidem as the tyrannical Sister Aloysius the school principal, Eric Bryant as Father Brendan Flynn, Kerstin Anderson as the young and enthusiastic teacher Sister James, and Sharina Martin as Mrs. Muller, the mother of a troubled student.

Betsy Aidem, Eric Bryant - Doubt: A Parable - Westport Country Playhouse photo by Carol Rosegg
Betsy Aidem (Sister Aloysius), Eric Bryant (Father Brendan Flynn)
Doubt: A Parable

The synopsis of the play, "It's 1961. Sister Aloysius a school principal with a mandate to uphold tradition, is certain that something's terribly wrong about the relationship between a young parish priest and a troubled boy. Beneath her moral crusade to reveal the horrible truth lies a chasm of doubt, where the choices we make can reverberate beyond the imagining. Who is telling the truth? Who do we believe?"

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Kerstin Anderson (Sister James), Betsy Aidem (Siste Aloysius)
Doubt: A Parable

Thus is the premise for the play, Doubt: A Parable. As defined in the dictionary, "doubt" is "a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction," which plays heavily when our actions, or lack thereof, can have on others. In the play, Father Flynn gives a sermon in which he tells the fictional story of a woman who asks her priest if gossiping is a sin. He replies that she should go home, take a pillow, and cut it open with a knife, and then come back to him. She dutifully complies, and when she returns to the priest, he asks her if she cut the pillow open. She replied that she did. He replied that she should go home and pick up all the feathers and put them back into the pillow. She replied, that would be impossible, the wind took the feathers. The priest replied, that is what gossip is, once it is out, the damage can never be undone.

Betsy Aidem, Eric Bryant - Doubt: A Parable - Westport Country Playhouse photo by Carol Rosegg
Betsy Aidem (Sister Aloysius), Eric Bryant (Father Brendan Flynn)
Doubt: A Parable

The cast gives a powerful performance where the thoughts and actions of one can influence the lives of many. It also sets the stage as to question how far one goes to accuse someone and act on suspicion alone, without veritable proof. What is the motivation that lies behind the doubt and the action? Does the end justify the means? This is a play that will have you talking about long after you leave the theater. Bravo!

Sharina Martin, Betsy Aidem - Doubt: A Parable - Westport Country Playhouse photo by Carol Rosegg
Sharina Martin (Mrs. Muller), Betsy Aidem (Sister Aloysius)
Doubt: A Parable

Until next time, keep enjoying and supporting the arts!

Cast:

Betsy Aidem
Sister Aloysius
Eric Bryant
Father Brendan Flynn
Kerstin Anderson
Sister James
Sharina Martin
Mrs. Muller

Betsy Aidem - Doubt: A Parable - Westport Country Playhouse photo by Carol Rosegg
Betsy Aidem (Sister Aloysius)
Doubt: A Parable

The Creative Team:

John Patrick Shanley
Playwright
David Kennedy
Director
Charlie Corcoran
Scenic Designer
Sarita Fellows
Costume Designer
Carolina Ortiz Herrera
Lighting Designer
Frederick Kennedy
Sound Designer

Visitor Requirements at the Westport Country Playhouse for Indoor Events - Know Before You Go

 

"Upon entering any of our indoor spaces, the Jason Robards Theatre, the Lucille Lortel White Barn, or the administrative offices, we will require all visitors to provide proof that they have been vaccinated. Please bring your vaccination card (you may bring a copy or a picture of it on your phone) or provide other proof such as a travel app or documentation from your health provider. Unfortunately, children under 12 will not be able to attend at this time as they are not yet eligible for the vaccine. Masks must be worn properly, over the nose and mouth, at all times." Note: Information updated on October 22, 2021.

About the Westport Country Playhouse

 

The Westport Country Playhouse named as "Theatre Company of the Year" in December 2013 by The Wall Street Journal, opened on June 29, 1931, in a transformed 1835 cow barn, which has, and continues to attract, a "who's who" of prominent actors.

Looking at the framed posters of past shows that line the lobby walls was like entering an encyclopedia of the arts. A few of the renowned actors who have appeared on the stage there include Ethyl Barrymore, Dorothy and Lillian Gish, Tallulah Bankhead, Gloria Swanson, Don Ameche, Hume Cronin and Jessica Tandy, Jane Fonda, Danny Aiello, Blythe Danner, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Dreyfus, Whoopi Goldberg, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Redgrave, Gene Wilder, and Westport residents Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman.

"Westport Country Playhouse, a not-for-profit theater, serves as a cultural nexus for patrons, artists and students and is a treasured resource for the State of Connecticut. There are no boundaries to the creative thinking for future seasons or the kinds of audiences and excitement for theater that Westport Country Playhouse can build."

For information on Doubt: A Parable or upcoming performances, or to purchase in-person or virtual tickets, please call the box office at +1-203-227-4177, email them at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit the website at www.WestportPlayhouse.org.

Upcoming Performances

2021 Season
Dates Running
Doubt: A Parable
November 2 - 21, 2021
2022 Season
Dates Running
Next to Normal
April 5-23, 2022
Straight White Men
May 24-June 11, 2022
Ain't Misbehavin'
July 5-23, 2022
4000 Miles
August 23-September 10, 2022
From the Mississippi Delta
October 18 - November 5, 2022

Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, USA

Westport Country Playhouse
25 Powers Court
Westport, Connecticut 06880
United States
Box Office: +1-203-227-4177
Toll-Free: +1-888-927-7529
Fax: +1-203-454-3239
Box Office: +1-203-227-4177
Website: www.WestportPlayhouse.org
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