Doubt, A Parable
By John Patrick Shanley

This summer the Lipscomb University Theater Department, in association with the Christian Scholars Conference, will be producing the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt.  This play will be produced in collaboration with The Tennessee Rep, Actors Bridge Ensemble and The Amun Ra Theatre and will feature professional Nashville actors and designers.  John Patrick Shanley, himself, will be a plenary speaker at the conference where he will discuss the intersection of faith, academics, and the captivating quality of the arts.  We are also excited to announce that Shanley will attend the opening night of Doubt and participate in a talk-back after-wards. 

Our talented cast includes:

Father Flynn- Steven Pounders (Equity Actor and Professor of Theater, Baylor University)
Sister Aloysius- Nan Gurley
(Equity Actress, Nashville)
Sister James- Beki Baker (Future Education Director of Nashville Shakespeare Festival and adjunct Lipscomb University)
Mrs. Muller- Alicia Haymer (Local Actress with Amun Ra Theater)

Set Designer- Paul Gatrell (Chair Theater Dept, Belmont University)
Light Designer- David Hardy (Professor of Theater, Lipscomb University)

Special Thanks to the Tennessee Rep for providing the costume plot.

Special Thanks to Actors Bridge Ensemble for help with Equity contracts.


It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the schools' strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Muller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequence.


Director: Mike Fernandez
When: June 3-6, 11-13
Time: 7:00pm & 2:00pm Sunday matinees
Price: $20, $15 Faculty, $5 Student
Where: Shamblin Theater