Veteran director Joanna Henry is again at Vienna Theatre Firm (VTC) directing its present manufacturing of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley. VTC is completely happy to have Joanna taking the helm in presenting this highly effective story to the general public. The final manufacturing she directed at VTC was the musical 1776 in 1997 — 25 years in the past. Joanna is a earlier Vienna resident, former VTC member and director, and previous Creative Director at VTC, and her return to direct appears like a heat homecoming.
Joanna most just lately directed The Greatest Worst That Can Occur at Aldersgate Church Group Theatre (ACCT). Different productions she has directed embody The Full Works of William Shakespeare, The Odd Couple (feminine), 33 Variations (Excellent Manufacturing), and Rabbit Gap (Ruby Griffith Award), amongst different performs and musicals at Little Theater of Alexandria, in addition to three advantages: BC/EFA, Olney Theater, Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, and a regional manufacturing of Wit. Just lately retired as Director of Theater Arts at Bishop Ireton Excessive College, she’s acquired LTA’s Award for Directing (Into the Woods), two ACT awards (Greatest Director), and two WATCH nominations (Director). 4 of her productions have acquired Ruby Griffith awards.
Doubt: A Parable analyzes an occasion of doubt and suspicion in a Catholic college within the Bronx within the Sixties. The play tells the story of principal Sister Aloysius’s suspicions about an inappropriate relationship between a priest and a younger male scholar. Premiering in 2004 and a winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, it’s a story of suspicion forged on a priest’s habits that’s much less about scandal than about nuanced questions of ethical certainty.
Within the play, Sister Aloysius crops the seeds of uncertainty about Father Flynn into the thoughts of younger Sister James. That tactic doesn’t work with Mrs. Muller, mom of the coed concerned, who principally turns the tables on Sister Aloysius. Every character should work out what his/her personal uncertainties are. What do they doubt and why? The ultimate doubt is for the viewers. Who is correct? Who’s harmless? Who’s responsible? Sister Aloysius herself expresses doubt within the final strains of the play. Who or what’s she doubting? Doubt will elevate questions and reply none, leaving us all to grapple with the discomfort of our personal uncertainties.
Solid members so as of look within the play are Bruce Alan Rauscher (Father Flynn), Gayle Nichols-Grimes (Sister Aloysius Beauvier), Danielle Comer (Sister James), and Jacquel R. Tomlin (Mrs. Muller). Bruce and Gayle have appeared beforehand in VTC productions, whereas that is the primary time for Danielle and Jacquel on the VTC stage. Different manufacturing staff members are Set Designer, Steve Ross; Gentle Designer, Tom Epps; Sound Designer, Alan Wray; Property Designer and Set Dressing, Helen Bard-Sobola; Costume Designer, Beverley Benda; Stage Managers, Anna-Kathleen Camper and Lauren Markovich; Hair/Make-up Design, Kendel Taylor; Producers, Laura Fargotstein and Tom Epps.
Doubt: A Parable runs for six extra performances (8 pm Fridays and Saturdays, October 28 and 29, November 4 and 5; 2 pm matinees Sundays, October 30 and November 6) offered by Vienna Theatre Firm acting at Vienna Group Heart, 120 Cherry St SE, Vienna, VA 22180. Buy tickets ($15 normal admission) on the Vienna Group Heart or on-line.