The ATC will be holding auditions for its main stage production of Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley from 21-25 October 2014. The play is a gripping, suspense-filled tug-of-war between a popular priest and a strong-minded nun who suspects her colleague of improper conduct with a student. The play explores a number of themes, the most prominent being existentialism, which is studied through the art of the parable. The play is the recipient of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Drama Desk, New York Drama Critics Choice, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards. The play went on to become a movie starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, all of whom received Oscar nominations.
Date and time: 18 and 20 March at 20.00 (Tuesday and Thursday), 23 March (Sunday) at 14.00
Location: Warehouse (73 Rue Waelhem, Schaerbeek), please press the white button to enter the gate.
We will rehearse an average of two days a week in the months of May and June and with a break in July and August. When rehearsals resume, we will be rehearsing three days a week.
You must confirm your audition date with the director, Christopher Flores (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have any questions or would like to receive the script, please contact him by email or phone 0495 83 43 12.
Father Brendan Flynn – Comes from a working class background. He is in his 30s/40s.
Sister Aloysius Beauvier – Mother Superior and Principal of St. Nicholas Catholic School. She is in her 50s/60s.
Sister James – A young nun in her 20s who is a teacher at St. Nicholas School.
Mrs. Muller – An African-American woman in her 30s and the mother of Donald Muller, the boy at the center of the play’s controversy.
The director will not be strict with the age ranges but will cast according to what is believable and best for the production.
Men – If you would like to audition for the role of Father Flynn, you must prepare one of the monologues from either pages 13-14 or 35-36. It is recommended that you memorize the monologue, though it is not a requirement. You are also requested to dress in black.
Women – For those wishing to audition for the role of Sister Aloysius or Sister James, please come dressed in all black and have your hair tied back. You will be given a head piece, similar to a habit, at the audition as the nun’s habit will alter your age appearance and will emphasize your facial features and expressions, both of which are critical for casting.
Mrs. Muller – For those wishing to audition for Mrs Muller, you need to have an American accent. All American accents will be considered except for a strong southern accent. Women with naturally darker complexions who are not of African/African-American heritage are encouraged to audition.
ALL – Please review the scenes below, which will be used during the audition. It is advised that you read the play beforehand and know the context of the scenes below.
Sister Aloysius and Sister James
Pages 19-20 starting with Sister Aloysius’ line “What do you think that sermon was about?”
Pages 23-24 starting with Sister James’ line “He has a protector.”
Sister Aloysius, Sister James and Father Flynn
Pages 31-32 starting with Father Flynn’s line “What about Donald Muller?”
Sister Aloysius and Mrs. Muller
Pages 42-43 starting with Sister Aloysius’ line “I’m concerned about the relationship between Father Flynn and your son.