Calhoun’s Theatre Department to Present Doubt: A Parable

June 14, 2018

Calhoun Community College’s Theatre Department is staging the intense hit, Doubt: A parable, with performances on Friday and Saturday, June 22-23, at 7:30 p.m. A Matinee will be held on Sunday, June 24 at 2:00 p.m., as well as June 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. All shows are presented at the Black Box Theatre, located in the Alabama Center for the Arts, Phase II, 133 2nd Ave NE, Decatur, AL.

Doubt: A Parable was written by John Patrick Shanley and was originally staged off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club. On November 23, 2004, the production transferred to the Walter Kerr Theatre on Broadway.

“Although the play takes place during the civil rights movement,” commented Bill Provin, Calhoun’s Theatre/English Instructor, “many of the issues in the story are very much relevant to some of the issues we are still facing in today’s society.”

Doubt: A Parable is set in a Roman Catholic school during the turbulent changes of the 1960s. The school principal, a stern Catholic nun, suspects a priest of an improper relationship with one of the male students. She knows the all-male Church hierarchy will protect the priest if he is accused, so she decides to take matters into her own hands. Armed with innuendo but no proof, she sets out to have the priest removed. Is he a child abuser protected by the male Church hierarchy, or is the nun trying to destroy an innocent man who threatens tradition and her authority?

The extremely popular stage play was the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award recipient for Best Play. The play was turned into an

Academy Award-nominated film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Father Flynn and Meryl Streep as Sister Aloysius.

General admission tickets are $12 and $8 for students and seniors. These may be purchased at the door, by contacting the box office at 256-260-3007 or online at

For more information about Calhoun’s theatre department or any future stage plays at the Black Box Theatre, email

About Calhoun Theatre

Calhoun Community College Theatre is an accredited two-year program offering an associate’s degree in theatre. Courses may also be taken as electives by non-majors.

You’ll find our graduates in four-year institutions, graduate schools, and even the professional ranks of stage and film. Nevertheless, we are just as proud of those who have pursued other fields, for we believe that theatrical training, with its emphasis on teamwork, preparation, and presentation, teaches and motivates students to excel in any career.

Each year, Calhoun Theatre presents three plays, including one Shakespeare. Our goals have always been to produce the highest quality plays; to give each of our students the opportunity to participate; and to entertain and educate our audiences, especially students in middle school, high school, and college.

Our Shakespeare For Schools and Theatre Outreach programs offer special performances for schools, senior citizens, and other groups in the Calhoun service area. We also provide learning and teaching aids, lectures, and discussion groups.

All Calhoun plays are presented in our Black Box Theatre. Although this unique performing space permits a variety of staging configurations, it normally places audience members on opposite sides of the stage, thereby offering the intimacy of theatre-in-the-round while retaining full set-building capability. A play at Calhoun is an experience like no other.