SCUGOG: The Borelians Community Theatre of Port Perry will be exploring ideas of accusation, doubt, guilt, bullying and racism when they host a powerful and award-winning play called Doubt: A Parable, which opens this weekend.
The play is being staged at Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts from Thursday, Oct. 15 to Saturday, Oct 17 as well as from Thursday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct. 24.
The play is set in New York City in 1964, right after a major upheaval in the Catholic Church through Vatican II and soon after the assassination of JFK. It deals with some sensitive topics from that time, and topics that continue to be of relevance today.
Although the story is set in 1964 in a Catholic parochial school in the Bronx, it is a parable, meaning that it is a story designed to go beyond its surface message to a meaning that is something deeper, hidden and ultimately universal.
Two well-known and award winning community theatre actors from Port Perry, Annette Stokes and Michael Serres play Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn respectively. The cast is rounded out with Mrs. Muller played by Shira Forsyth, a well known stage presence in Uxbridge, along with an experienced newcomer to the area’s theatre scene from Aurora, Kayla Whelan who plays Sister James.
Director Joe Szekeres said that the play is much more than a story of a priest, two nuns and a parent of a school boy.
“It is a story for all faiths: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, even for agnostics and atheists, because at its heart, it is a play about our humanity, about our courage and convictions”, Szekeres said.
The play, written by John Patrick Shanley, is a winner of both the Pulitzer prize, as well as a 2005 Tony Award winner for best drama.
Tickets to the show can be bought on-line at www.townhall1873.ca, or at the box office located at 302 Queen St. More information on the Borelians and the play can be found on-line at www.borelians.ca.