PowPAC to stage ‘Doubt: A Parable’
By Emily Sorensen
PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre, is making a move to the dramatic with its production of “Doubt, A Parable,” opening Friday, March 15 and running weekends only through Sunday, April 14 at 13250 Poway Road, upstairs in the Lively Center.
Directed by Raylene J. Wall, “Doubt, A Parable,” is a weighty story about a priest accused of having an improper relationship with an under-aged boy, and the doubts raised by the accusations. “It’s a very interesting show,” said Wall. “There’s a lot of nuances to the show.” According to Wall, she and her actors sat down and had a serious discussion about whether or not they believed that Father Flynn was guilty, and how that belief would be played on stage. “It was important to make the decision how to play him,” said Wall. Still, Wall said their belief as to Flynn’s guilt or innocence isn’t cut and dry. “If we do our jobs right, people will leave wondering if he did it or not,” said Wall.
Written by John Patrick Shanley, the play won four Tony Awards, including Best Play, as well as winning the Pulitzer Prize. It was made into a film in 2008, starring Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Amy Adams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
“[The play] is about doubt on a lot of different levels,” said Wall. Not only is there doubt as to whether the priest is guilty or not, but doubt exists as to the validity of Sister Aloysius’ accusations and the accusations of the student’s mother. “The nuns are not without fault either,” said Wall. “There are lots and lots of layers [to the show].”
Such a weighty subject could be difficult to pull off, but Wall credits her cast with making it work. “We have very good actors,” said Wall. The four-person show stars Rob Conway as Father Flynn, Kate Hewitt as Sister Aloysius, Lena Michelle Jones as Sister James and Tisha Coull as Mrs. Muller.
Wall said the stage will be in blackbox style, with three focused areas where all the action will take place — the pulpit, the office, and the garden. “It’s a very simple set, so [the audience] will not be distracted by anything,” said Wall.
Though the show is mostly dramatic, Wall said there are a few comedic moments. “It’s very moving and dramatic,” said Wall. As to whether she’s worried that the heavy subject matter might be a problem, Wall said she wasn’t worried. “I think people will come see the show regardless of the subject matter,” said Wall, who noted that she also directed “Agnes of God,” in 2007, another play with heavy religious themes that did well with audiences.
Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 general admission, $15 for seniors, students and active military. There is a $2 surcharge for opening night, which includes a reception with the cast after the show. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 858-679-8085 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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