Javeen­bah tack­les tough sub­jects in Doubt

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D IREC­TOR Michael Lill was in no doubt when he read John Pa­trick Shanley’s mul­ti­ple award-win­ning play Doubt. He knew in­stantly he had to di­rect it.

Lill first staged the show in Mur­willum­bah in May last year.

‘‘I was blessed with a won­der­ful cast and crew when I first staged the pro­duc­tion,’’ he says.

The play was so pop­u­lar, he has been asked to reprise it – this time as a co­pro­duc­tion for the Gold Coast’s Javeen­bah The­atre. It opens to­mor­row night.

Doubt is a drama that ex­plores moral uncer­tainty.

Set in a Bronx Catholic school in 1964, a strong-willed nun wres­tles with her con­science and in­de­ci­sion as she ques­tions the re­la­tion­ship be­tween one of her male col­leagues and a boy, 12.

‘‘I’m ex­cited to be bring­ing the show to Javeen­bah The­atre,’’ says Lill.

‘‘It is a play which will have an im­pact on the au­di­ence be­cause of its mix­ture of po­tent drama and rich humour.

‘‘The play­wright said the fi­nal act of the play was the di­a­logue which takes place be­tween au­di­ence mem­bers as they drive home af­ter the show be­cause the play raises many ques­tions and the pur­suit of an­swers is an ex­cit­ing as­pect.’’

Doubt has won a swag of awards. In 2005, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, the Lu­cille Lor­tel Award for Out­stand­ing Play, the Tony Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Crit­ics’ Cir­cle Award for Best Play.

The film ver­sion was crit­i­cally ac­claimed. ‘‘Ev­ery­one knows the film adap­tion of

Doubt star­ring Meryl Streep and Phillip Sey­mour Hoff­man,’’ says Lill. ‘‘So we know this pro­duc­tion will be very pop­u­lar.

‘‘It’s been the most re­ward­ing pro­duc­tion I’ve ever worked on.

‘‘I am hon­oured to be di­rect­ing it again.’’

At Javeen­bah, Doubt stars Cather­ine Brooks as Sis­ter James, Marie Dick­son as Sis­ter Aloy­sius, Mau­reen Lill as Mrs Miller and Lill as Fa­ther Flynn.

Doubt opens at Javeen­bah The­atre to­mor­row night. It plays Thurs­days to Satur­days at 8pm un­til Fe­bru­ary 4 with a mati­nee on Sun­day, Jan­uary 29. Tick­ets from $15. To book, phone 5596 0300.

Cather­ine Brooks and Michael Lill star in Doubt at Javeen­bah The­atre.

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