‘Doubt, A Parable’ presents difficult questions

Farm Forum

The mysteries of conviction, certainty and judgment present some difficult questions in Aberdeen Community Theatre’s upcoming drama, “Doubt, a Parable,” by John Patrick Shanley.

“Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty,” the playwright said in a news release. “When you are lost, you are not alone.”

Director James L. Walker said, “I’ve always loved this script and I think people will relate to the certainty of doubt that can present itself at times throughout our lives. Everyone will come away with their own belief on what the play truly says.”

ACT will present the 2005 Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7-10 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Capitol Theatre, 415 S. Main St. Tickets go on sale to the public Monday.

“Doubt, a Parable” is set in 1964 in the Bronx where Sister Aloysius, played by Kelly Comstock, is a school principal. She is concerned that the school’s popular priest, Father Flynn (Steve Balsarini), might be acting inappropriately toward a student and enlists the aid of a young teacher, Sister James (Emily Davis), in her efforts to validate her concerns and confront Father Flynn. With Sister James and the student’s mother, Mrs. Muller (Merleen Frank), caught in the middle, the priest and principal face off in a battle of wills.

Walker said, “We are pleased to feature a cast of 50 percent newcomers in our production of ‘Doubt.’ Both Kelly Comstock and Merleen Frank are adding their talents to this powerful personal drama. The play only has four actors, but is full of strong, rich, principled characters.”

Tickets are $18 in advance. Any remaining tickets are $20 at the door one hour prior to performances. Groups of 12 or more are $16 in advance. Those tickets must be purchased at one time, and cannot include member tickets.

Tickets may be purchased at Kathleen’s, 401 S. Main St., from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays or online any time at AberdeenCommunity by following the Buy Tickets Now link. Additional fees apply for this option.

Patrons may also purchase tickets by using their debit/credit card at 605-725-2697 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Mail orders sent to ACT at P.O. Box 813, Aberdeen, SD 57402-0813 should include the performance date requested, check and self-addressed stamped envelope.