Cultural Foundation presents “Doubt” at the Harquail
The Cayman National Cultural Foundation is proud to present John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt: A Parable”, directed and designed by award-winning Artistic Director, Henry Muttoo.
Set in St Nicholas’ Church School in the Bronx, New York, 1964, “Doubt” follows the conservative and rigid nun Sister Aloysius as she, with the help of younger, innocent nun Sister James, pursues suspicions of misconduct by charismatic fellow school teacher and priest Father Flynn.
Along the way, the play raises questions of authority, change, and faith, and of course tackles the troubling issue of doubt itself, leaving the audience to determine their own truth.
Already famous in its own right, “Doubt” is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (2005), and the Tony Award for Best Play (2005). Amongst other nods, the 2008 film adaption of “Doubt”, starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis,
earned Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Academy Award nominations in the categories of Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as Best Actor and Actress in both Supporting and Leading roles. CNCF’s production, which will run for just over two weeks from 14-30 September at the Harquail Studio Theatre, is sure to continue “Doubt’s quality reputation, with a cast of local talent already known to Caymanian audiences.
Marcia Muttoo will adopt the role of Sister Aloysius, a part already made famous by acting giant Meryl Streep in Shanley’s 2008 film adaptation.
Marcia was born in Jamaica, grew up in Barbados and New York and has spent virtually all her adult life in Cayman. Before coming here, though, she trained as an actress at Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and earned a BFA degree in Drama from New York University and later a MFA in Arts
Management from City University of New York, where she was a Graduate Fellow.
For the past 20 years she has been a CNCF manager and now director, helping to conceive and realise its many programmes. Overseas, Marcia has had roles in “Accidental Death of An Anarchist” (Dario Fo), “A Raisin in the Sun” (Lorraine Hansberry) and “In the Castle of My Skin” (George
Lamming). At the Harquail Theatre, she has performed in “Two Can Play“(Trevor Rhone),
“Down Side Up” (Frank McField), “What the Butler Saw” (Joe Orton) and three comedies by Donna Tull Cox: “De Honeymoon Over“, “Fat Chance” and “Breaking In“. Marcia played the mother of Zoe Saldana and Anthony Mackey’s characters in Frank E. Flowers’ movie “Haven“, but she and her husband, Henry, are proud parents of three daughters of their own, Anjuli, Janelle and Maia.
Stepping into the habit of Sister James will be Rita Estevanovich. Rita is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and the New York Film Academy’s acting for film conservatory programme. She works full time as Programmes Manager for the CNCF, and spends her time outside of CNCF
casting, acting in and voicing local television and radio commercials and short films. Rita can be seen in the annual revue “Rundown“, as well as in other CNCF productions such as “Gimistory“.
Joining Muttoo and Estevanovich is Peter Kosa, in the role of Father Flynn. A veteran of the Cayman theatre scene, Peter is probably better known for his comedic roles in “Rundown“, “Caytube Live” (writer/director), and “Zombie Driftwood“. His drama credits include “WIT“, “Lorcas“, “Blood Wedding“, and the lead role in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman“.
Kosa calls “Doubt” a “masterpiece on so many levels, a rare blend of realism and intense drama,
that leaves the audience to draw its own conclusions, and believes it’s a joy working with this cast and director, bringing Shanley’s work to life.
Finally, Juliet Garricks will assume the role of Mrs Miller, the mother of the involved student, Donald Miller.
Tickets for “Doubt” can be purchased at Foster’s Food Fair (Airport, Strand, and Countryside locations), Funky Tangs, and The Harquail Theatre Box Office, and cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
Show times are (Fri-Sun) 14-30 September; Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the Harquail Studio Theatre.