Lantern Theater Company
Doubt: A Parable
2014/15 Season

Doubt: A Parable
By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Kathryn MacMillan
January 15 - February 15, 2015

Experience Philadelphia favorites Mary Martello and Ben Dibble together as never before in this suspenseful, timely American drama that grapples with questions of moral certainty – and doubt. Surrounded by the turbulence of the 1960s, Bronx Catholic school principal Sister Aloysius is stoic and severe while parish priest Father Flynn is progressive and popular. When she suspects him of wrongdoing with a troubled student, the stage is set for a clash of authority, tradition, and faith. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Doubt: A Parable will move you, challenge you, and leave you on the edge of your seat.
Cast & Production Team

Ben Dibble as Father Brendan Flynn  •  Mary Martello as Sister Aloysius Beauvier  •  Clare Mahoney as Sister James  •  Lisha McKoy as Mrs. Muller

Meghan Jones, Production Manager  •  Lance Kniskern, Set Designer  •  Janus Stefanowicz, Costume Designer  •  Shon Causer, Lighting Designer  •  Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer  •  Dale Roth Nadel, Props Master  •  Meghan Winch, Dramaturg  •  Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager  •  Elaina DiMonaco, Assistant Director
News & Reviews

"This is one play that can motivate questions and change. And to do so in a production that bristles with explosive personal conflict only amplifies the credit that [director Kathryn] MacMillan and this phenomenal cast deserve." –The Philadelphia Inquirer

"The casting of Lantern's Doubt couldn't have been more astute. This is a dream cast." –Broad Street Review

"Dibble skillfully communicates the uncertainties and confusion of Sister Aloysius's campaign against his Father Flynn. Director Kathryn MacMillan guides a steadily building tension, and Dibble keeps us guessing without tipping his hand. With a steely firmness and insuppressible conviction, Martello gives a Sherman tank of a performance. It may be daunting for companies to produce the original theatrical source for a well-regarded movie, but Lantern Theater Company's Doubt...shows why some plays are worth reclaiming for the stage." –Phindie

"If you've never seen Doubt, here's your chance – you'll be thinking about it for days afterward. And if you know the play (or think you know it), Lantern's production may make you question your conclusions." –Philadelphia City Paper
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