A Theater Production's Set Design Can Help the Audience Embark on a Journey Befo

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A Theater Production's Set Design Can Help the Audience Embark on a Journey Befo


Byline: Submitted by Harper College

A theater production's set design can help the audience embark on a journey before a single word of dialogue is spoken. The Harper Ensemble Theatre's upcoming production of "Doubt: A Parable" is bound to accomplish just that.

With John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play set in a Catholic church and school, Director Kevin Long opted to venture across the street from Harper's campus and put on performances in St. John United Church of Christ, which dates back to the 1800s.

Long is grateful to the St. John community for being so accommodating and willing to partner.

"Performing the play in a church heightens everything about the play," said Long, who is also serving as the production's organist. "I think our audience will truly feel the weight, stakes and importance of this play in a much stronger and visceral way by witnessing this play performed in a church."

"Doubt: A Parable" runs Friday, April 21, through Sunday, April 30.

Set amid the turbulence of the 1960s, Shanley's play focuses on a Bronx Catholic school where Principal Sister Aloysius is old-fashioned, stoic and severe, while parish priest Father Flynn is progressive and popular.

When she suspects him of wrongdoing with a troubled student, their clash of authority, tradition and faith threatens irrevocable consequences. …

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