Actors Collaborative to stage ‘Doubt, A Parable’ April 25Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Actors Collaborative Toledo will present “Doubt, A Parable” in an unconventional way on April 25.
Local talent will present the play, written by John Patrick Shanley, in a stage-reading format. The actors will have scripts in hand when exploring the characters of the drama. There will be a brief discussion following the production.
The evening will feature locals Barbara Barkan, Elizabeth Cottle, Heather Dassouki and Matthew Kizaur.
The script follows Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal who becomes involved when she suspects Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students, according to a news release.
Director F. Scott Regan said it was the “intense” script that caught his eye when suggesting ideas for the stage reading.
“It’s a very intellectual intensity,” Regan said. “With the Actors Collaborative, they like to choose pieces that provide significant challenges for the actors in the community that maybe wouldn’t be commercially viable in a larger theater.”
Regan added that he enjoys the many issues it touches on. He said the script is “multilayered.” Regan quotes Jude 1:22, which states to “be merciful to those who doubt,” as well as the current pope, Pope Francis, who said if people do not doubt, they don’t have a deep faith.
“On a spiritual basis, I think the play makes that suggestion,” Regan said.
The production will be at Trinity Episcopal Church, 316 Adams St., at 8 p.m. April 25. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.