Vienna's English Theatre Offers European Premiere of Doubt

News   Vienna's English Theatre Offers European Premiere of Doubt John Patrick Shanley's Tony Award-winning, Pulitzer Prize-honored drama, Doubt, will make its European premiere at Vienna's English Theatre Jan. 30, 2006.

Martin Platt, co-director of the Perry Street Theatre Company, will stage the Vienna staging, with an all-American cast. Shanley won the 2005 Best Play Tony Award for the Broadway production of Doubt (directed by Doug Hughes), which began at Off-Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club. It continues at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City.

Performances for the separate, unrelated production in Vienna play to March 11. The cast will feature Wendy Barrie-Wilson (Sister Aloysius); Ray Dooley (Father Flynn); Shannon Koob (Sister James); and Jill Courtney Chenault (Mrs. Muller).

The creative team includes set designer Hans Kudlich and costume designer Lothar Huettling.

The play is set a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964. Sister Aloysius, the principal, suspects one of her students is being sexually abused by Father Flynn, a popular priest with the boys. A case is built against him based on little evidence, and the play invites universal questions of doubt as part of the human experience.

* Founded in 1963, Vienna's English Theatre has become a major fixture on the Vienna theatrical scene. Founded by Franz Schafranek, the theatre is now under the direction of his daughter Julia Schafranek. Vienna's English Theatre produced the world premieres of Edward Albee's Three Tall Women and Marriage Play; and Tennessee Williams' Red Devil Battery Sign. VET has also produced the European premieres of Terrence Rattigan's In Praise of Love; Simon Gray's Otherwise Engaged, Stage Struck and Dog Days; Tina Howe's Painting Churches; Arthur Miller's I Can't Remember Anything; Emily Mann's Having Our Say; Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy; David Auburn's Proof; and Edward Albee's The Goat.

Martin Platt is a director, theatre manager and playwright who is currently the co-director of New York City's Perry Street Theatre and has served as the co-director of Fifth Amendment Ltd (UK), the founder and artistic director of Santa Fe Stages International Theatre Festival, the general director of Birmingham Opera Theatre and was the founder and artistic director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

In August 2006 Platt's production of I'll Never See the Stars Again, based on the songs of Monteverdi, will have its European premiere at the Edinburgh Festival. In spring 2006 Platt will direct and co-produce the premiere of Sallie Bingham's Treason, based on the life of Ezra Pound.

As a producer Platt produced Here Lies Jenny starring Bebe Neuwirth (directed by Roger Rees and choreographed by Ann Reinking) as well as Shylock at the Perry Street Theatre.