Roxy Raises DOUBT Beginning March 23

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 21, 2011

“Doubt can be a bond as powerful as certainty. When you are lost, you are not alone.”
– John Patrick Shanley

Doubt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, opens Wednesday, March 23, at 7pm here at the Roxy and plays Thursday at 7pm and Friday and Saturday at 8pm. The limited run of this important play was originally scheduled for theotherspace; but I felt with this stellar cast, it should be given a major production on our mainstage downstairs.

John Patrick Shanley has crafted a gem of a play, a perfect ensemble piece of theatre bringing back, after a 10-year hiatus, Tom Thayer as Father Brendan Flynn. Clarksville native Tom Thayer began his career at Fort Campbell Community Theatre as Charley Bates in Oliver while attending Northwest High School, and he created the Clarksville Theatre Guild while attending APSU.

We began our partnership and careers together with a production of A Month in the Country while Tom was still a student at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and we have continued our partnership for over 32 years. After spending a number of years following the careers of friends around the country, we settled on the idea of a professional theatre here in Clarksville, Tom’s hometown.

When my parents were ill and dying, I would leave Clarksville on a Sunday morning for a week’s stay in Memphis. Leslie Greene, who is appearing as Sister Aloysius in Doubt, would come for a day to give succor, relief and support. My mother would always ask, “Is that Leslie coming?” I would say, “Yes,” and she always did. Friends like that are few and far between, loyal, giving and caring. There is a loyalty in friendship which cannot be forgotten … ever. And if that friend is your favorite actress, all the better. And she is, and I am.

Anyone who has witnessed a performance by Kendall Anne Thompson, playing the part of Sister James, knows what craft, talent and art she brings to all her characterizations. I have grown to cherish her as an artist, an actress and a friend.

Also cast is returning actress Adriane Wiley-Hatfield as Mrs. Muller. Adriane played opposite Leslie Greene in Dorothy Dix: Speaks! and in The Noble Heart. Since then, she has married and is the mother of two boys.

It is a warm feeling to be among friends and colleagues when collaborating on such an ensemble piece as Doubt. The cast of Thayer, Greene, Thompson and Wiley bring such talent to this simple, yet thought-provoking piece of theatre. No falling chandelier, no helicopter, no gratuitous nudity — simply people in doubt. Doubt, Proof, Good and Plenty — all of these single-title plays have a greater message than their one-word titles imply.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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