Guggenheim to Offer Preview of John Patrick Shanley-Douglas J. Cuomo Doubt Opera

By Adam Hetrick
26 Oct 2012

Selections from the Minnesota Opera production of Doubt, featuring a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley and a score by Douglas J. Cuomo, will be presented Nov. 4-5 at the Guggenheim Museum.



Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents the two panel discussions and preview performances of the opera that is based on Shanley's acclaimed 2004 play. The opera will premiere in January 2013 as part of Minnesota Opera's 50th anniversary season.

Robert Marx will moderate a panel with composer Cuomo, librettist Shanley and director Kevin Newbury on Nov. 4 and 5 at 7:30 PM. The Nov. 4 segment will be live streamed.

Excerpts from the opera will be performed by Caroline Worra as Sister Aloysius, Andrew Wilkowske as Father Flynn, Adriana Zabala (who originates the role in the premiere) as Sister James and Christin-Marie Hill as Mrs. Miller.

The program of selections from Doubt follows: Act I, scene one: Doubt Sermon (Flynn and Aloysius); Act I, scene eleven: Tea Party Scene (Flynn, Aloysius and James); Act II, scene two: Garden Scene (James and Flynn); Act II, scene four: Mrs. Miller Scene (Mrs. Miller and Aloysius).

Doubt premiered Off-Broadway in 2004 at the Manhattan Theatre Club and later transferred to Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre. The original cast featured Cherry Jones, Brian F. O'Byrne, Heather Goldenhersh and Adriane Lenox. It won Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Director (Doug Hughes), Best Actress (Jones) and Best Featured Actress (Lenox).

Doubt is set in a Bronx, NY, Catholic parish where Father Flynn is suspected by Sister Aloysius, the school's principal, of having an inappropriate relationship with one of his male students. The young boy's mother only complicates matters in her response to the allegations, thrusting Sister Aloysius into a conflicted dialogue about her own faith and the cost of the pursuit of truth.

For tickets, priced $35, phone (212) 423-3587, or visit worksandprocess.org.