Theatre Program Presents "Doubt: A Parable"

by Will Duncan, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s theatre program will present “Doubt: A Parable,” directed by Matthew Moore, associate professor of theatre, March 19-21 and 26-29 in the Stevens Student Center DeVries Theatre. 

Tickets for all performances go on sale March 10 and will cost $12 for students and $15 for adults. To purchase tickets, visit cedarville.edu/ticketinfo or call 937-766-7787.

This Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes place in a 1964 Brooklyn Catholic Church school and addresses the difficult issues of suspicion and presuppositions. It follows a priest, Father Brendan Flynn, as he denies substantial accusations made by Sister Aloysius Beauvier.

“The American ideal of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is often observed to be the exact opposite in everyday life,” said Moore. “This show is a cautionary tale involving snap judgments and proper conflict resolution.”

This production of “Doubt: A Parable” will not be using any of the usual seating in the DeVries Theatre. For the first time in more than 20 years, Cedarville will be utilizing a full-thrust, black box stage format. The entire audience will be on the stage of the theatre only 10-15 feet away from the actors in tiered seating surrounding the set.

Due to this stage format, limited seating will be available, allowing only 135 tickets to be sold per show as opposed to the usual 380. The play will run for 90 minutes with no intermission and is suitable for everyone ages 10 and above. 

“This intimate format allows for a much different theatre experience,” said Moore. “We are not using any part of the traditional seating to offer variety and include the audience in the action.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.