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June 23-27: 'Doubt'

Third show in 49th annual Highland Summer Theatre season will be performed in the Andreas Theatre.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre and Dance News Release, 6-12-2015

In the photo at right, Fr. Flynn (Jake McInerney) is confronted by Sr. Aloysius (Susan Hansen).

Mankato, Minn. -- The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will present the more serious production “Doubt” as the third show in its 49th annual Highland Summer Theatre season. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, June 23-27, in the Andreas Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. It is sponsored by the Minnesota State Mankato TRIO Programs.

Written by John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt” is a powerful drama that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. In it 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. The real question, it seems, is if the accusation is less about scandal and more about deeply nuanced questions of moral certainty. “Doubt” became a motion picture starring Meryl Streep and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. This is the first time Minnesota State Mankato has presented “Doubt.”

This production is directed by Paul Hustoles, chair of the department and artistic director for Highland Summer Theatre. Susan V. Hansen, a 2006 MFA directing graduate from Minnesota State Mankato who directed the first show of the summer, “The Foreigner,” portrays Sister Aloysius. Jake McInerney, a spring 2014 BFA musical theatre graduate who played David in “The Foreigner,” is Father Flynn.

Tickets for “Doubt” are $16 regular, $14 discounted (over 65, under 16 and groups of 15 or more) and $11 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They are on sale online at and through the Theatre & Dance Box Office from 4-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. Call 507-389-6661.

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