'Doubt, A Parable'

"Doubt, A Parable," will be the first production by the recently formed Yellowstone Repertory Theatre. The drama features Daniel Nickerson, portraying Father Flynn, and Bobbi Hawk, playing Sister Aloysius. It opens Friday, Nov. 3, at the NOVA Center.

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Yellowstone Repertory Theatre is opening its first season of producing professional theater in Billings with its production of "Doubt, A Parable," by John Patrick Shanley.

"Doubt" will be performed in the NOVA Center for the Performing Arts cafe Nov. 3 through 18. Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. with one Sunday matinee on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.

Ticket are $22 for adults, $15 for students. Discounts are available for buyers of season tickets, flex passes and groups.

Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or at the door.

"Doubt" won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2005 and was  made into a 2008 feature film starring Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.

Yellowstone Rep’s production will feature Bobbi Hawk as Sister Aloysius, who rules the Catholic school she serves as principal with an iron hand. Sister James, her young eighth-grade teacher, is played by Rep founder Caitlin Hart, who has toured nationally with Montana Repertory Theatre and played leading roles in Billings Studio Theatre, NOVA Center and Backyard Theatre productions. Daniel Nickerson, who also has performed professionally and serves as youth director for NOVA, will take on the role of Father Flynn, a young priest who is a force for progressive education and reform, but is also suspected of inappropriate advances toward the school’s first black student. Wanda Morales, a familiar face on Billings stages, will fill the role of the boy’s mother.

"Doubt" is directed by Craig Huisenga, YRT’s Artistic Director. He has directed and acted in BST, NOVA Center and Sacrifice Cliff Theatre stagings.

Past productions directed by Huisenga include "August: Osage County" (NOVA), "Gidion’s Knot" (Sacrifice Cliff), and "The Dixie Swim Club" (BST). He also served as managing director for NOVA.

“'Doubt' is a perfect play for our world today,” Huisenga said. “Truth is uncertain when ‘fake news’ is the answer for inconvenient facts and science is distrusted by those in power. Who do we believe? Where do we go to find the truth? Ideally, audiences should leave the theater not knowing whether Father Flynn is guilty as charged. We hope to provoke some lively discussion among our audiences.”

For tickets or more information, go to www.YellowstoneRep.org

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Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.