Hays and MTC Will Take Shanley's Doubt to Broadway in Spring 2005

News   Hays and MTC Will Take Shanley's Doubt to Broadway in Spring 2005
Producer Carole Shorenstein Hays, whose credits include Gem of the Ocean, Take Me Out and Caroline, or Change, is taking the acclaimed Manhattan Theatre Club production of Doubt to Broadway, she told Playbill On-Line columnist Harry Haun.
Cherry Jones in Doubt.
Cherry Jones in Doubt. Photo by Joan Marcus

"Probably in March," Hays estimated, confirming she will be moving John Patrick Shanley's play to a Broadway house (marking the prolific playwright's Broadway debut). Hays will produce with MTC.

"We'll have a theatre pretty soon," the producer said.

A Broadway plan for Doubt has not yet been officially announced, but it's expected the entire four-actor company will make the move to Broadway.

Hays and Freddy DeMann will produce the Broadway revival of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, directed by Daniel Sullivan, at the Belasco Theatre in spring 2005. Denzel Washington will play Brutus. (The Belasco's leaded glass and ornate ornamentation would suit the Catholic setting of Doubt very nicely, as well.)

* The Manhattan Theatre Club's Off-Broadway world premiere of Doubt — about conflict between a nun (Cherry Jones) and a priest (Brían F. O'Byrne) who clash over the treatment of a male student at a Bronx parochial school in the 1960s — has been extended through Jan. 30, 2005 at City Center's Stage I.

The production, directed by Doug Hughes, was originally announced to play a limited engagement through Jan. 9.

The cast features Heather Goldenhersh, Cherry Jones, Adriane Lenox and Brían F. O'Byrne.

The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (set design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design), and David Van Tieghem (original music and sound design).

"In the 1960s, at a Catholic school in the Bronx, a nun grows suspicious when a priest begins taking too much interest in the life of a young male student," according to MTC. "Is she being overly protective...or not protective enough?"

The current performance schedule for Doubt is Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM, and Sunday evening performances at 7 PM. Tickets can be reserved by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. Tickets for performances through Jan. 9 are $60. Tickets for performances from Jan. 11-30 are $65.

Student tickets are $25 and are on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before showtime. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information.

Visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.org.

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