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Urban Aphrodite Presents: Doubt: A Parable (trailer)

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Old and new schools of religious ideology intersect with explosive allegations of sexual abuse in Urban Aphrodite’s adaptation of Doubt: A Parable.

Written by Academy Award-winner John Patrick Shanley in the wake of the 2002 prosecution of five Boston area Roman Catholic priests, the show captured both the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Drama.

Set at a Bronx catholic school in 1964, the conservative Sister Aloysius suspects charismatic Father Flynn of molesting altar boy Donald Muller, who is also the school’s first African-American student.

The two are natural foils. Sister Aloysius immediately conjures images of the stern old nun while Father Flynn reflects the hip modernizing efforts that changed the course of Catholicism with the Second Vatican Council of the early 1960s.

Caught in the middle is Sister James, a young nun who must follow Sister Aloysius’ dogged pursuit, but shares Father Flynn’s religious philosophy.

Directed by Ann James

Ellen Fryer as Sister Aloysius (older lady)
Cecilia Garcia as Sister James
Sean Coyle as Father Flynn
Ann James as Mrs. Muller

March 13th-23rd
Sashas Third Floor
11 Dongping Lu at Hengshan Lu

Video by Peter Dixon

Photo by Elliot deBruyn