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The second installment of the Lycoming College theatre department’s 2023-2024 season will see a thrilling and thought-provoking production of “Doubt: A Parable,” by John Patrick Shanley, at the Mary L. Welch Theatre, Feb. 28-March 2. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase beginning today.
In Shanley's award-winning play, a new charismatic priest is accused of an inappropriate relationship with a student by the hard-nosed and traditional principal, Sister Aloysius. She will stop at nothing to expose Father Flynn as she parses out the facts, even as she wrestles with her own doubts about the truth. “Doubt: A Parable” won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, and was made into a motion picture written and directed by Shanley and starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis. The popular play is currently enjoying a revival on Broadway.
The following Lycoming students have been cast in the production:
- Sister Aloysius - Olivia Difraia ’27 theatre major
- Father Flynn - Gale Hall ’26 creative writing, theatre, literature triple major
- Sister James - Hannah Bailey Martin ’25 psychology major, Spanish minor, education certification
- Muller - Shantel Hill ’25 theatre major
“Through its well written scenes and tense dialogue, “Doubt: A Parable” forces the audience to question everything and to decide for themselves what is fact and what is fiction. The play gets at the very nature of doubt,” said Matt Ripa, visiting assistant professor of theatre at Lycoming College and director of the show. “I am excited that this play is my first directing project with the students at Lycoming College.”
Tickets for Lycoming students and faculty are complimentary, but seats must be reserved through bigtickets ahead of time. General admission tickets are $10.
Lycoming College’s theatre program is full of opportunities for practical experience. Students flourish as they explore concentrations in acting, directing, musical theatre, design/technology, and stage management. As early as freshman year, students are encouraged to audition for shows and become involved in productions. The curriculum combines practical training in every aspect of theatre with a look back at the history and literature that has shaped theatre as an art form. More information on theatre at Lycoming College can be found online.