Buena Vista University Theatre presented Doubt, a Parable by John Patrick Shanley in April.
The director was Dr. Bethany Larson, associate professor of theatre. Kadie Dennison, a sophomore English and theatre secondary education double major from Lisbon, was the assistant director. David Walker, assistant professor of theatre, was the technical director and scenic and lighting designer.
The plot, set in 1964, revolves around Sister Aloysius, the principal of St. Nicholas Catholic School, who suspects that one of the priests may have molested a new student, a black boy who is the first person of color to enter the school. Her determination to protect the boy and elicit the truth from Father Flynn results in a clash of wills that threatens to consume them and those around them while undermining the very faith that they profess. The questions raised by the play are timely and a searing test of society’s assumptions about right and wrong, certainty and doubt.
- Sister Aloysius: Hannah Anderson, a sophomore arts management-theatre major from Boone.
- Father Flynn: Stephen Condon, a freshman vocal performance/theatre double major From Barnum.
- Sister James: Andrea Nicholson, a sophomore arts management-theatre major from St. Paul, Minn.
- Mrs. Muller: Sahara Scott, a junior theatre major from St. Louis, Mo.