Javeenbah tackles tough subjects in Doubt
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.