Aug 18, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Newport Performing Arts Center

777 W. Olive Street, Newport, OR 97365



Red Octopus Theatre Company and director Bonnie Ross will hold open auditions for "DOUBT: A Parable" by John Patrick Shanley on Sunday, August 18 at 6:30pm, with callbacks (and additional auditions) on Monday, August 19 at 6:30pm at the Newport Performing Arts Center in the Alice Silverman Theatre.

Actors will be asked to read sides from the script (see below) and should come prepared to stay for the entire time. If you cannot make either date but still wish to audition, please email

Available Roles:

Father Brendan Flynn: (M, late 30s) 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) 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.

ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. Download audition sides at

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. But 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.

Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns.

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