Concord Community Players’ latest production is full of ‘Doubt’
Kathryn Hodges plays Sister Aloysius in “Doubt.”
Truth is an ethereal thing, a hologram projected by the mind, in the Community Players’ production of Doubt. Audience members become jurors of a sort, grasping for objectivity in the absence of solid evidence.
One thing is certain though: “They’re going to leave thinking,” said Kathryn Hodges, who plays Sister Aloysius in the play, opening tomorrow night at 8 at the Concord City Auditorium.
Set in New York in 1964, Doubt tells the story of a priest suspected of an improper relationship with a young boy in the school where he serves – a story that will be familiar to many audience members thanks to the 2008 film starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep.
Hodges plays the principal of the school, a strict nun who sees the world in black and white. When a young teacher in the school, Sister Jane, reports some questionable behavior between Father Flynn and a boy in her class, Hodges becomes convinced of his guilt and bent on stopping him.
“She knows what she knows, and she’s trying to do the right thing,” Hodges said.
What Sister Aloysius knows, however, may be a truth of her own making. “He has a convincing argument of what occurred,” Hodges said. “He’s playing the role of trying to figure out what this insane woman is trying to do to him.”
Symbolic of many who turned a blind eye to sins of the clergy for decades, Sister Jane desperately wants to believe Father Flynn’s side of the story. “She’s
kind of ping-ponging between the two of us,” Hodges said. “She doesn’t believe Father Flynn has done anything. She wants her simplicity. She wants things to be good and not bad in the world.”
But even a more objective mind would be challenged by the conflicting versions of the truth.
“Is he guilty? Is he innocent? Is he being persecuted by someone who just doesn’t like him, or does she have a good reason for not liking him?” Hodges said.
The play caps the Players’ 85th season, a season built around the theme of award-winning plays. The screenplay won a Pulitzer and the Broadway play won a Tony.
For those who find its themes a bit heavy, take heart. “Next season is a season of laughter,” Hodges said.
(‘Doubt’ plays tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Concord City Auditorium. Tickets are $15 – $12 students and seniors – and can be purchased by calling 228-2793, online at concordcommunityplayers.org or at the box office.)