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First came doubt and then ‘Doubt’

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on March 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm with No Comments »
March 15, 2011 4:02 pm

“Doubt” – the Pulitzer and Tony award winning play about a Roman Catholic priest’s ambiguous relationship with a young boy – isn’t typically the choice of a community church play. But it is for the Fircrest Presbyterian Church where the play has been running for two weekends.

Pastor Susie Bell said the leaders and members of her church took two months to discuss and decide whether to take on the production. A major concern was whether they, as Presbyterians, should put on a play in which the Catholic Church takes center stage in a story that deals with a possibly inappropriate relationship.

“Basically, we had our doubts,” Bell said. But, eventually, “What we came to see is that the story played out in ‘Doubt’ could take place anywhere – in a faith community of any kind, in any school, workplace, even family.”

The conversations after each performance have been rich, Bell said.

“This isn’t a play where people leave quickly and head home. People want to talk. Players and audience members mingle and ask questions about the meaning of things: compassion, kindness, innocence and speculation. We wonder about times we’ve had our doubts and our certainties in life – and how that has played out for us,” Bell said.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Fircrest Presbyterian Church, 1250 Emerson Street, Fircrest
Tickets: At the door $12 ($10 students/seniors).
Information: 253-564-3737, http://www.fircrestpres.org/

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