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Local Talent Shines In 'Doubt' At Westport Community Theatre

Susan Stanton of Westport plays Sister Aloysius in the Westport Community Theatre production of "Doubt, A Parable" opening Friday, Feb. 10.
Susan Stanton of Westport plays Sister Aloysius in the Westport Community Theatre production of "Doubt, A Parable" opening Friday, Feb. 10. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport actress Susan Stanton will play Sister Aloysius in "Doubt, A Parable" by John Shanley when it opens Friday at the Westport Community Theatre.

The play runs Feb. 10 to 26 at the theater in the Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.

Kevin Pelkey directs the cast including Kristen Gagliardi, Tondrea Mabins, and T. Sean Maher.

In "Doubt", set in 1964, Father Flynn, the progressive and beloved priest at the St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx preaches about the value of uncertainty.

When an unconscionable accusation is leveled against the Father, Sister Aloysius, a rigidly conservative nun and the school principal, realizes that the only way to get justice is to create it herself.

Shanley’s play delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, with his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences.

The show won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

Susan Stanton’s recent roles include "Anna in Two", "Nat in Rabbit Hole" and "All My Children".

Her film, "Letting Go", premiered at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival, and she has performed in Inonesco’s "The Bald Soprano" and Gogol’s "The Nose" and "Hey Big Spender" at Play With Your Food.

T. Sean Maher , who plays Father Flynn, has worked with Music Theatre of CT and Boston Post Road Stage Company.

His work as actor, director, choreographer and producer has been seen throughout the United States. S. Maher is choreographer/set designer for West Haven High School Theatre Workshop and is Business Manager for the Yale Glee Club.

Kristin Gagliardi , who was last seen on stage as "Peggy Day in The Women", plays Sister James.

Her past roles include Penny Pingleton in Hairspray, Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby, Pem Farnsworth in The Farnsworth Invention, and she has a future role as Cassie Cooper in "Rumors" at The Ridgefield Theater Barn in March 2017.

Tondrea Mabin s graduated from Belmont University with a B.A. in Theatre, concentrating in playwriting and directing. She plays Mrs. Muller in the WCT production.

Mabins has been seen in "Little Shop of Horrors" as Ronnette, as Viney in "The Miracle Worker", Aunt Em in "The Wiz", Calpurnia in "To Kill A Mockingbird", and Tina Turner in "Wedding Singer".

"Doubt" is produced by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Performances Feb. 10-26 are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.

For tickets, $25, $23, seniors and students respectively, call 203-226-1983 or click here.

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