Writers Theatre DOUBT: A PARABLE Extends To Aug. 2

16760918464_677b827f3eArtistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce the extension of Writers Theatre production of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, directed by William Brown. The show, originally on sale through July 19, is now running through August 2, 2015 at Glencoe Union Church, 263 Park Ave, Glencoe.

Writers Theatre is thrilled to bring audiences this riveting, Pulitzer Prize-winning play about authority, suspicion, ambiguity and religion in an exciting, site-specific production staged in the library of the Glencoe Union Church.

Set against the backdrop of a 1960s America in the midst of political and social change, a progressive young priest’s conduct comes under question by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the school principal whose beliefs are deeply rooted in tradition. As the actions and motivations of each are scrutinized and suspicion mounts, the two are drawn into a battle of wills that threatens irrevocable consequences for all involved.

The Writers Theatre production—directed by William Brown—will allow the audience to be a fly on the church wall, observing as battle lines are drawn, allegiances are formed and motives are called into question.

As Writers Theatre continues construction on its new theatre center, designed by renowned Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Architects, on the site of its former Tudor Court venue, this site-specific production helps the Theatre continue to produce an engaging season of work for its audiences through an expanded partnership with the Church, which has long provided a home for the Theatre’s rehearsals.

The cast of Doubt: A Parable includes Steve Haggard (Father Flynn), Ann Joseph (Mrs. Muller), Eliza Stoughton (Sister James) and Karen Janes Woditsch(Sister Aloysius).

The designers are Kevin Depinet (Scenic Designer), Rachel Anne Healy (Costume Designer), Sarah Hughey (Lighting Designer), Andy Hansen (Sound Designer) and D.J Reed (Properties Designer).  The Stage Manager is Becky Pechter.

Curtain times are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00pm; Saturdays at 4:00pm and 8:00 pm; Sundays at 2:00pm and 6:00pm. Select Wednesday matinees are at 2:00pm. Tickets are $55-$75 and are available at the Box Office, 321 Park Avenue, Glencoe; 847-242-6000 or online at writerstheatre.org.

AUDIENCE ENRICHMENT

Throughout the season, Writers will be offering post-show discussions on select Wednesday evenings following the performance. Post-show discussions provide a forum for audience members to ask questions of the artists in the production and gain new insight into the work.

RIDE METRA TO WRITERS THEATRE

In an effort to promote taking public transit to the Theatre, Writers Theatre launched a new promotion in 2013. Any audience member who purchases a ticket to a Writers Theatre production and rides Metra’s Union Pacific North Line to the Theatre may snap a photo of themselves on the train and post it to their Facebook page or Twitter feed with a tag of @writerstheatre and #Doubt, and upon showing the post at the Writers Theatre Box Office, receive $5 in cash, in essence, paying the cost of the train ride from Downtown ($4.75).

This promotion is available for a limited time only, and may end without warning. Ticket must be paid for in advance. Not valid on comp tickets. More information available at writerstheatre.org/metra

 

WRITERS THEATRE PARTNERS

Writers Theatre is pleased to recognize BMO Harris Bank as Season Sponsor of its 2014/15 Season, Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable as Corporate Sponsor of Doubt: A Parable, and ComEd as Official Lighting Sponsor.  Additionally Writers Theatre is grateful to the following individuals for their sponsorship of Doubt: A Parable: Mary Winton Green and Mary Pat Studdert as Major Production Sponsors; Gail and Tom Hodges, Dick Hurckes and Pam and Russ Strobel as Artists Council Sponsors; and Susan and Don Belgrad, Nancy and George Bodeen, the Conant Family Foundation, Carol and Mark Dawley, Beth Kronfeld and Matt Means, Karen and Dick Pigott, Christine and Michael Pompizzi, and Sallyan Windt as Director’s Society Sponsors.

For more information about Writers Theatre’s 2014/15 Partners, visit writerstheatre.org/our-supporters

ABOUT WRITERS THEATRE

Over the past twenty-three seasons, Writers Theatre has become a major Chicagoland cultural destination with a national reputation for excellence. Under the artistic leadership of Michael Halberstam and the executive leadership of Kathryn M. Lipuma, Writers Theatre has been deemed the “best drama company in the nation” by The Wall Street Journal. The company, which plays to a sold-out and discerning audience of 35,000 patrons each season, has garnered critical praise for the consistent high quality and intimacy of its artistry. Prized for the finest interpretations of classic and contemporary theatre in its two intensely intimate venues, Writers Theatre’s acclaimed work includes Artistic Director Michael Halberstam’s world premiere in Glencoe and subsequent productions of A Minister’s Wife at Lincoln Center Theater and West Coast premiere at the San Jose Repertory Theatre; David Cromer’s productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Picnic; and the commissioning, world premiere and New York premiere of Crime and Punishment, which has received more than 30 subsequent regional theater productions.

Writers Theatre continues with the $34 million On to a New Stage Campaign, which includes a cash reserve. The campaign has raised $28.8 million to date and will establish the company’s first permanent home in a new theatre center in downtown Glencoe, designed by the award-winning, internationally renownedStudio Gang Architects, led by Founder and Design Principal Jeanne Gang, in collaboration with Theatre Consultant Auerbach Pollock Friedlander. This will allow the Theatre to continue to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility will resonate with and complement the Theatre’s neighboring Glencoe community, adding tremendous value to Chicagoland and helping to establish the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.