Doubt

Danielle Devitt is Sister James in “Doubt,” which was supposed to open on Wednesday, Oct. 18 in St. Helena, but has been postponed.

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“Doubt, A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley opens Oct. 18, presented by UpStage Napa Valley.

UpStage Napa Valley announces its upcoming production, John Patrick Shanley’s play “Doubt, A Parable.” The play is directed by Sharie Renault, and will be showing at the St. Helena Presbyterian Church Oct. 18-29 and Grace Episcopal Church Nov. 1-5.

The story is set in 1964, when the U.S. was in mourning over the assassination of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Black Americans were organizing marches and protests to claim their civil rights. The Second Vatican Council had been opened and was charged with bringing spiritual renewal and reunion to the Catholic Church. Young men were being drafted, and the country witnessed the beginnings of anti-war protests of the Vietnam War.

It was a time when doubt was replacing certainty. Traditions and establishment were being challenged. Confidence in tradition and the existing power structure was in question. Chaos was igniting on the streets and broadcast on television screens across our nation.

“Doubt,” the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2005, remains a timely and compelling piece of theater in 2017, a time when this country is witnessing conflict-ridden leadership, attacks on the credibility of the press and the presidency, and challenges to the unity of the nation.

In an interview by Bobby Kennedy, literary manager for Writers Theatre, author John Partick Shanley maintained that he “was looking for a polarizing situation, one in which most people would brook no hesitation in condemning a person—and then throwing those assumptions back at the audience in a different light.”

The main characters are a priest, Father Flynn, played by Rob Barlow, and the school principal, Sister Aloysius, played Elaine Jennings. Danielle Devitt plays Sister James and Carlet Langford plays Mrs. Muller.

For tickets call 707-341-3278 or 707-942-2278. To order tickets online, visit CalistogaTheaterCompany.com.

The St. Helena Presbyterian Church is at 1428 Spring St., St Helena. Grace Episcopal Church is at 1314 Spring St., St Helena.

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