Sunday, March 9, 2008

High Tension and Powerful Drama Combine in Award-Winning Play "Doubt" at the Alliance Theatre

A fast-paced, riveting tale about two people caught in a classic “he said/she said” situation keeps audiences guessing: did he or didn’t he? Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and four 2005 Tony Awards® (including Best Play), John Patrick Shanley’s masterpiece Doubt portrays an epic battle of iron wills. Directed by Alliance Theatre Artistic Director Susan V. Booth, the 90-minute, tension-filled story uses suspicion, fear and power to examine the role of uncertainty in our lives. Opening Night is Wednesday, Apr. 9, 2008 at 8 p.m. on the Alliance Stage. Tickets are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at

Doubt details the story of Sister Aloysius, principal of a working class parochial school in 1964 Bronx, who suspects Father Flynn of wrongdoing. With no evidence to support her grave suspicions, she sets into motion a chain of events that locks them both into a battle of wills from which only one can emerge victorious. Who is guilty and who is innocent? No one knows for sure in this gripping mystery about faith and suspicion.

The most honored play of the 2005 theatre season, Doubt is also one of the most lauded American plays of the last 50 years. It achieved the rare feat of both critical and popular success, racking up every major award of the New York theatre season, and played to capacity crowds on Broadway for more than 500 performances.

The four-member cast includes three local actors – Donna Biscoe, Cara Mantella (US …,” said Said) and Thomas Piper (A Christmas Carol) – in addition to Pamela Nyberg from New York. (Biographical information on the cast and creative team members may be found in the attached fact sheet.)

Members of the artistic team that will bring this spellbinding play to life on stage are Todd Rosenthal, set designer; Mariann Verheyen, costume designer; Deb Sullivan, lighting designer; Clay Benning, sound designer; and Jade Lambert Smith, dramaturg.

Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Apr. 2 – May 4, 2008 on the Alliance Stage. There will not be a matinee performance Saturday, Apr. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Opening Night is Apr. 9 at 8 p.m. The Apr. 27 show at 2:30 p.m. will be Audio Described for the visually impaired.

Tickets are $20 – $50 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404.733.5000 or online at Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404.733.4690. Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students. The Alliance Theatre is located at the Woodruff Arts Center, corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown Atlanta.

Doubt is part of the Coca-Cola Series on the Alliance Stage.

Additional Sponsors: Doubt is sponsored by Delta Air Lines – the Official Airline of the Alliance Theatre; The Granada Suite Hotel – the Official Hotel of the Alliance Theatre; and The Home Depot – the Set Construction Sponsor of the Alliance Theatre.

Production of Doubt is made possible with grants from the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, the Fulton County Arts Council, the Georgia Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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