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Doubt, A Parable

DoubtMarch 27 - April 12
By John Patrick Shanley
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists' Play Service, Inc.

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. "All the elements come invigoratingly together like clockwork in John Patrick Shanley's provocative new play, Doubt, a gripping story of suspicion cast on a priest's behavior that is less about scandal than about fascinatingly nuanced questions of moral certainty. Blunt yet subtle, manipulative but full of empathy for all sides, the play is set in 1964 but could not be more timely. In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.




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About the Second Ecumenical Council…

When Pope John XXIII announced the creation of the Second Vatican Council (also known as Vatican II) in January 1959, it shocked the world. There hadn't been an ecumenical council — an assembly of Roman Catholic religious leaders meant to settle doctrinal issues — in nearly 100 years. The council called between 2,000 and 2,500 bishops and thousands of observers, auditors, sisters, laymen and laywomen to four sessions at St. Peter's Basilica between 1962 and 1965. Cultural changes in the aftermath of World War II spelled a need to reconsider church practices. These meetings did just that — 16 documents in total came out of it, laying a foundation for the church as we know it today. A theme of the documents was reconciliation. In keeping, they allowed for Catholics to pray with other Christian denominations, encouraged friendship with other non-Christian faiths, and opened the door for languages besides Latin to be used during Mass. Other new positions concerned education, the media and divine revelation. Most prominently, the council highlighted the church's willingness to operate in the contemporary realm. Source:



Doubt Cast


Father Brendan Flynn


Jeremy Littlejohn

Sister Aloysius Beauvier


Amber Burgess

Sister James


Nicole Tompkins

Mrs. Muller




Doubt Staff


Executive Producer


Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer


Jeremy Littlejohn



Joe Ford

Production Stage Manager


Timothy James

Technical Director


Tom Slavey

Costume Designer


Amber Burgess

Properties Master


Timothy James

Box Office Manager


Jennifer Scheffer

Legal Representation


Dumler & Giroux, NYC

Archive Videographer


Steve Jones



Place & Time: St. Nicholas, a Catholic church and school in the Bronx, New York; 1964.



Cast Biographies

Amber BurgessAmber Burgess (Sister Aloysius / Costume Designer) is pleased to be a part of this incredible show, and is ecstatic to return to The Round Barn Theatre for the 2015 season.  Amber first appeared on the Joseph Stein Stage as a weekend replacement for Aida back in 2005.  Since then she has directed, costume designed, played violin for, and acted in some of her best and most memorable work here at Amish Acres.  Favorite RBT roles include the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Lilli/Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, June Sanders in Smoke on the Mountain and Betty Haynes in White Christmas.  To the cast and crew of Doubt: Thank you.  I am honored to share this experience with all of you, and couldn't ask for better compatriots in the telling of this story.

Jeremy LittlejohnJeremy Littlejohn (Father Flynn / Associate Producer) grew up right down the road in Elkhart, Indiana, and came to work at Amish Acres for the first time in 1997.  Since becoming Artistic Director in 2007, he has supervised over sixty productions in seven seasons!  He also created the Second Stage Series you will be enjoying this evening.  This program first brought plays to Amish Acres 2004, and recently added musicals to its repertoire in 2014.  Jeremy also enjoys working on the Theater for Young Audience series, and he has shed light on more than thirty RBT productions.  He loves his lady, his family, his kitty, and he is so pleased to be spending another season in Nappanee! 

Myesha McGarnerMyesha-Tiara (Mrs. Muller) is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This is her first production with Round Barn Theatre and she is beyond grateful for the opportunity! She received her B.S. in Theatre with a concentration in Performance and Directing from Northwestern State University. A few of her credits include Carrie Watts in Trip to Bountiful, Muriel in Indigo Blues, Sonya in Uncle Vanya, Florence Unger in The Odd Couple, Beneatha in A Raisin In The Sun, Director in For Colored Girls, and she is an original cast member of A Work In Progress (Jurnee). She would like to thank God and her friends and family for their love and support.

Nicole TompkinsNicole Tompkins (Sister James) is elated to be back at the Round Barn and making her “Second Stage” debut with Doubt! You may have seen her last season on the Mainstage in Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose, Joseph, Katie Yoder in Plain and Fancy, and Jo March in Little Women. After Doubt she will launch into Amish Acres’ Mainstage opener as Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes. Nicole is a native of South Bend and holds a BFA in Acting from Wright State University.  Other credits include Maria in The Sound of Music, Porita in The Merchant of Venice, and she recently made her Chicago theatre debut with a staged reading of The Solstice Ball, a new musical. Much love to her family and loved ones for their unwavering support while she pursues this crazy-awesome career.



Doubt Staff Biographies

Joe Ford (Director) Joe's long association with the Round Barn Theatre began in 1996 with our first production of Fiddler on the Roof, and our first season of repertory theatre.  Since then, he has been a part of dozens of productions here- appearing onstage, serving as company manager and as casting associate.  He could not be more proud to bring Doubt to our fantastic audiences, and add it to his long list of favorite shows here- which include Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), The Fantasticks (El Gallo), White Christmas (Bob Wallace), Art (Marc), Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer), Joseph... (Joseph), The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow) and West Side Story (Bernardo).  Joe would like to thank his parents and his cat, Monkey, for all the support over the years.  He would also like to thank the four extraordinary actors you'll see onstage tonight for their hard work and dedication to this incredible play. 

Timothy James (Production Stage Manager) is happy to be returning to The Round Barn Theatre for another fantastic season. Timothy is from Anderson, South Carolina, where he earned a BA in Theatre with a Concentration in Theatrical Design. Although his love for theatre is vast, his focus remains on Stage Management. Some of his favorite credits include A Raisin in the Sun, The Misanthrope, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Shrek The Musical. He is blessed to have such a loving, supportive family, and without them he would not be here today..
Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! #BlessedandExcited

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father, LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored, and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment with dinner theatre in 1971, he added musical theatre to the farm's historic interpretation by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to its permanent residence in The Round Barn Theatre in 1992. The musical has been running for 28 consecutive years, having surpassed 3,700 performances in front of over 355,000 audience members. Plain and Fancy's Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotating repertory with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced over 100 Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced at The Round Barn Theatre, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, Carmelina and a Second Stage production of Enter Laughing.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers’ and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre for Joseph Stein at the York Theatre in 2007.  Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

Tom Slavey (Technical Director) was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana. Upon graduation from Bremen High School, Tom moved to Los Angeles to pursue and enhance his love of music. While in California, he learned carpentry, and started his own construction business, while playing his music at night in the clubs of Hollywood and Orange County. He moved back to Indiana to be of service to his immediate family, and to start a family of his own.