Tony Nominee Goldenhersh Also Has Doubts

Tony Awards   Tony Nominee Goldenhersh Also Has Doubts In John Patrick Shanley's hit play Doubt, Tony nominee Heather Goldenhersh plays Sister James, a new teacher at the St. Nicholas Church School caught in the middle of a battle between Father Flynn (Brían F. O'Byrne) and Cherry Jones (Sister Aloysius).
Heather Goldenhersh in Doubt
Heather Goldenhersh in Doubt Photo by Joan Marcus

Sister Aloysius accuses Father Flynn of improper behavior with one of the school's young boys, who happens to be a student in Sister James' class. Does Goldenhersh think Flynn is guilty or innocent? At the May 11 Tony Nominees Press Reception, Goldenhersh told Playbill.com, "I fluctuate. I go back and forth, but I would like to believe Father Flynn because I agree with his philosophy — his method of bringing the love of Christ [to people but] not in a rigid, condemning form." The actress added, "But I appreciate the efforts of Aloysius, too."

Goldenhersh, who is making her Broadway debut in Doubt, also spoke about her research for her role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. "I visited the school in which the play takes place," she said, "just to get a feel for what it's like to be a teacher. I had lunch with the nuns and . . . later met the woman who Shanley based my character on. I spent a day with her at school at Notre Dame. . . It was a ball. We ate lunch at the cafeteria, and the students just adored her."

Heather Goldenhersh has appeared Off-Broadway in Freedomland, Good Night Children Everywhere, Psyche, Last Dance and A Devil Inside. Her regional credits include Left, Beast on the Moon, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Cherry Orchard. Goldenhersh has been seen on screen in "The Great Gatsby," "Tempting Adam," "Law & Order," "The Believer," "Nicholas Nickleby," "School of Rock," "Kinsey" and "The Merchant of Venice."