Playing this weekend, starting Friday January 22, 2010, Leave Your Mark Productions is producing Doubt by John Patrick Shanley at the Augusta Conradi Studio Theatre. Doubt, which was also adapted to a movie in 2008 starting Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, focuses on Sister Aloysius who suspects Father Flynn, one of the priests at St. Nicholas Church School, of abusing a black student, Donald Muller.
I recently asked the director of this FSU student theatre production, Al Heartley, some questions about this production of Doubt.
CK: “How is the play different from the movie?”
AL: “…First and foremost the movie shows the boy Donald Muller who is the focus of the movie and play. In the play however, the audience never encounters Donald Muller. There is a negative space in the play in that we never get to see the central figure of the play . . . The audience gets to focus on the issues of uncertainty and doubt instead of about whether the boy was touched by the priest. The audience has a harder time attaching itself to the boy because he never shows up. The only representation we get of Donald is his mother, Mrs. Muller. The play also does not make Father Flynn incredibly guilty. The action of the play allows for the director to decide the ending of the play. It is left ambiguous enough that the audience will have to draw [their] own conclusions . . .”
CK: Who is staring in the play? “
AL: “Sam Arnold who is a BFA actor [at FSU] will be playing Father Flynn. Debbie Frost, who is a local actress in Tallahassee and has acted with Student Theater before, will be playing Sister Aloysius. Mackenzie McBride who is a [FSU] BA major will be playing Sister James. And finally, [FSU] BFA actress Makeba Frazier will be playing Mrs. Muller”
CK: “Anything else you would like people to know?”
AL: “This production has been a wonderful experience and so many people have worked so hard on this. The actors have really pushed themselves and have challenged me as a director greatly. I know that people expect a lot of this production and I believe that we give it to them. People should come to experience the play as a play and not think of the movie. T hey may be surprised.
Also one of the founding principles of Leave Your Mark Productions [an FSU Student Theatre Organization] was to make theater in order to give back to the community via giving to different charities and scholarships using the profits from the show. In light of the recent tragic events that affected Haiti, the part of the proceeds from ticket sales will go aiding Haiti. Please come out and support. Buying a ticket could mean helping someone to survive.”
The production focuses on change. The play is set in 1964 in New York. The 1960s was a radial time with movement after movement. Al wanted the play his interpretation of the play to have the reverberations of the events that were happening in the 60’s, like the death of President Kennedy, The Civil Rights Movement, and the Vietnam War.
You can get tickets in advance or at the door.
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Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Friday 1/22 at 8:00pm
Saturday 1/23 at 2:00pm
Saturday 1/23 at 8:00pm
Sunday 1/24 at 2:00pm
Location is the Augusta Conradi Studio Theatre, which is by Ruby Diamond Auditorium and Diffenbaugh building on Florida State’s Campus.
In 2010, our world has already been shaken with change. Come out and see change and do your part in helping to change the world. You can help Haiti by coming out and seeing the play, since part of the proceeds will go to the relief effort.
Enjoy the Show.