In 2016, the Studio Theatre presented John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize winning Doubt. It was not the first theatre in Little Rock to present the play in the 12 years since it had debuted. But the taut, riveting, and somewhat ambiguous story is one that offers audiences plenty of reasons to return to it.
As the Studio Theatre summarized it:
Did he or didn’t he? Doubt, a Parable, follows the story of the staff at a Catholic school in the Bronx, New York. It begins when Sister James, a young sister who recently started teaching at the school, becomes concerned that the relationship between a priest, Father Flynn and a student may have become inappropriate. Sister James confides this fear to the principal, Sister Aloysius, who becomes determined to find out the truth about what happened and to protect the boy.
Bob Bidewell directed the play. The quartet of actors in the cast were Karen Q. Clark (cast against type), James Norris, Angela Bloodworth-Collier, and Jessica Lawson. Brandon Nichols was the assistant director and Andrew Jordan designed the lighting.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama being given. To pay tribute to 100 years of the Pulitzer for Drama, each day this month a different Little Rock production of a Pulitzer Prize winning play will be highlighted. Many of these titles have been produced numerous times. This look will veer from high school to national tours in an attempt to give a glimpse into Little Rock’s breadth and depth of theatrical history.