Monday, January 1, 2018

The Strollers of Maplewood announce auditions for “Doubt: A Parable”


The Strollers of Maplewood proudly announce auditions for:

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Doubt: A Parable
Book by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Rob Pape

WHEN: Monday, January 15, 7:30-9:30pm; Tuesday, January 16, 7:30-9:30pm;
Callbacks Thursday, January 18, 7:30pm

WHERE: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood

Generally Sunday afternoons and Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings.

Performances: Friday, March 16, 8:00pm; Saturday, March 17, 8:00pm; Sunday, March 18, 2:00pm; Friday, March 23, 8:00pm; Saturday, March 24, 8:00pm


  • Sister Ally: [mid 50 to 60s] An old fashioned Catholic. Pre-Vatican II. Overly confident, opinionated, but with a sense of caring.
  • Father: [35 – 45] Plain, typical and not extraordinary. He is post Vatican II. His intentions are focused, and quite male. He exudes Brooklyn/Bronx. A good level of common sense, literate and can give speeches.
  • Sister James: [20 - 25] She is shy and very demure; however has a pension to want to blossom. She is not from NY. She is GREEN. She is putty.
  • Mother: [Mid 30s; African-American] The mother is always scared but doesn’t show it. She is cunning, loving, and although she doesn’t think it, she is a strong woman, who hides her scars.

(Sides provided on website - - and at auditions)

“What do you do when you’re not sure?”

So asks Father Flynn, the progressive and beloved priest at the St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, in his sermon. It’s 1964, and things are changing, to the chagrin of rigid principal Sister Aloysius. However, when an unconscionable accusation is leveled against the Father, Sister Aloysius realizes that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. And as for the truth of the matter? As Father Flynn says, "Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.” In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences. Doubt: A Parable is an exquisite, potent drama that will raise questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties.