by John Patrick Shanley

Directed by Bradley Akers

PERFORMANCE DATES:  March 10,11,16,17,18,19*, 23,24,25,26*

All performances are at 7:30pm, except matinees* at 2:00pm

AUDITION DATE:  Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 1pm at Theatre Jacksonville

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS: A recorded video monologue, of your choosing, may be submitting via email ( but must be received prior to audition date for consideration.

In this brilliant and powerful drama about faith, ambiguity, and the price of moral conviction, 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.  Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award.
Character Breakdown: 

Actors will be asked for cold reading of sides from the script. If you cannot make either date but still wish to audition, please email a video submission prior to the audition date.



Father Brendan Flynn: (M, late 30s-50s) Affable, comfortable, working-class, warm. His faith is grounded in good works.


Sister Aloysius Beauvier: (F, 50s-60s) Watchful, reserved, unsentimental. A fearsome, by-the-book Catholic school principal.


Sister James: (F, 20s) Naive, sunny, innocent, devoted to Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius. Easily coerced but forced to make tough choices.


Mrs. Muller: (F, late 30s-40s) A working woman of color and mother of troubled young son in whom Father Flynn has taken special interest. Mrs. Muller has one long crucially important scene in the play.


Synopsis of the play:

New York, 1964. Father Flynn is the beloved pastor of St. Nicholas Catholic church, doing good works within his flock and community. The principal of the Catholic school is Sister Aloysius, an impervious and powerful woman who begins to believe that Father Flynn is a little too friendly with a particular, troubled young student. She enlists the confidence of a young and naive nun, Sister James, to report on Father Flynn’s behavior. Those reports convince Sister Aloysius that Father Flynn is improper at best, and predatory at worst. After significant power plays and philosophical war, Sister Aloysius succeeds in eliciting a resignation from Father Flynn, but the emotional and psychological cost is very dear. And there is never a good answer: only doubt.


NOTE: Doubt is a 90-minute play performed without intermission.


In reference to our audition notices:

Most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns, and you will see that in the descriptions we provide. However limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible, and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. It is the policy of Theatre Jacksonville that all auditions are open to the public. All interested people, newcomers and stage veterans alike, are welcome. We are also in need of volunteers to assist in other areas of production, including set construction, set artwork, lighting, and backstage technical activities and invite all members of the public to participate in these activities as well.

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