Che Walker will direct the first London revival in ten years of John Patrick Shanley‘s Tony Award-winning 2004 play Doubt, A Parable, running at Southwark Playhouse from 6 to 30 September 2017, with a press night on 8 September.
There is no evidence.There are no witnesses. But for one, there is no doubt.
Doubt, A Parable is one of the most acclaimed plays in recent memory. Winning four Tony Awards including Best Play, named Best Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Best New Play (Drama Desk Awards) and Outstanding Play (Lucille Lortel Awards), it also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
In addition, the subsequent Hollywood film starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, received four Oscar and three BAFTA nominations.
A Catholic school principal questions a priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student. “What do you do when you’re not sure?” So asks Father Flynn, the progressive and beloved priest at the St Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, in his sermon. It’s 1964, and things are changing, to the chagrin of rigid principal Sister Aloysius. However, when an unconscionable accusation is levelled against the Father, Sister Aloysius realises that the only way to get justice is to create it herself. And as for the truth of the matter? As Father Flynn says, “Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.”
In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences. Doubt, A Parable is an exquisite, potent drama that raises questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties.
The new London production is directed by Ché Walker and presented by Making Productions & Graffiti Productions in association with MBL Productions and ProdUse Theatre. Cast is to be announced.
John Patrick Shanley is from The Bronx. His plays include Prodigal Son, Outside Mullingar (Tony nomination), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, Italian-American Reconciliation, Welcome to the Moon, Four Dogs and a Bone, Dirty Story, Defiance, and Beggars in the House of Plenty. His theatrical work is performed extensively across the United States and around the world. For his play, Doubt, he received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of screenwriting, he has nine films to his credit, most recently Doubt, with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis; Doubt, directed by Mr. Shanley, was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay. Other films include Five Corners (Special Jury Prize, Barcelona Film Festival), Alive, Joe Versus the Volcano (which he also directed), and Live From Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination). For his script of Moonstruck he received both the Writers Guild of America Award and an Academy Award for best original screenplay. In 2009, The Writers Guild of America awarded Mr. Shanley the Lifetime Achievement In Writing.
Ché Walker (Director) studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy in London (1989-1992) graduating with Distinction and at WAC (1998), and has worked with Edward Bond, Dennis Potter, Philip Ridley, Mark Ravenhill and Ricky Gervais, among others. His first play, Been So Long, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1998 and was runner-up for both the Meyer-Whitworth and the John Whitting Award before being translated and performed in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. His play, Flesh Wound, premiered at the Royal Court in 2003 and won the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. Ché won the Peter Brook Award (Mark Marvin Rent Subsidy Award) for his plays Crazy Love and Burnt Up Love. Ché’s musical version of Been So Long was a nominee for The Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical in the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2009.
Making Productions produced the critically acclaimed Shutters (Park Theatre) followed by the hugely successful Strindberg play The Father (Trafalgar Studios, co produced with Jagged Fence), Disaster! (Charing Cross Theatre), Bug (Found111, Associate Producer), and West End Bares (Novello Theatre). Future work includes the 35th anniversary production of Coming Clean, Kevin Elyot’s first play and Outlaws to In-laws written by 7 writers to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wolfenden Report.
Graffiti Productions produced Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, also by JPS and directed by Ché Walker at Southwark Playhouse in 2011.