Carriage House Players Open 2019 Season with Powerful Drama ‘Doubt’

The cast of Doubt: Katie Ferretti, Christine Sullivan, Tom Ciorciari
Photo by Mary Caulfield

The Carriage House Players will open their 2019 season on Friday, March 22, with John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for drama. All performances are given in the Carriage House Theater at the Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little neck Road, Centerport, NY 11721.

Ticket prices for all shows and for the annual Summer Shakespeare Festival, will be $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children. Tickets will be available soon at

Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
March 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 8:00 p.m. and March 24 and 31 at 3:00 p.m.

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.

From the review in Variety: “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. Something rare for this season: a laudable new American play.”


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Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph

May 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8:00 p.m. and May 5, 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.

Reviews: “Rajiv Joseph is an artist of original talent” – New York Times. “Irresistibly odd and exciting…This darkly humorous drama is Rajiv Joseph’s most satisfying work” – New York Daily News. “This wondrous, strange two-hander finds as much humor as horror in the play’s bizarre events” – Variety. “Mystical, arresting, and quirkily amusing.” – Washington Post.

Fifty Words by Michael Weller

May 17, 18, 31 and June 1 at 8:00 p.m. and May 19 and June 2 at 3:00 p.m.

While their nine-year-old son is away for the night on his first sleepover, Adam and Jan have an evening alone together, their first in years. Adam’s attempt to seduce his wife before he leaves on business the next day begins a suspenseful nightlong roller-coaster ride of revelation, rancor, passion and humor that explores a modern-day marriage on the verge of either a breakup or deepening love and understanding.


Bachelorette by Leslye Headland

June 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8:00 p.m. and June 16, 23 at 3:00 p.m.

Ten years out of high school, Regan, Gena and Katie convene in the luxurious bridal suite of their old friend Becky, the night before her wedding in New York City. Fueled by jealousy and resentment, the girls embark on a night of debauchery that goes from playfully wasted to devastatingly destructive. Their old fears, unfulfilled desires and deep bonds with each other transform a prenuptial bender into a night they’ll never forget. A wicked black comedy about female friendship and growing up in an age of excess.

July and August

Summer Shakespeare Festival

The Carriage House Players will present the Vanderbilt’s 31st annual Shakespeare Festival, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00-10:00 p.m., and Sunday, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

June 28-July 28: The Tempest. August 2-September 1: Julius Caesar. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors and children. All performances are on the outdoor stage of the Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard, where the Spanish-Mediterranean architecture adds a touch of timeless atmosphere and charm.

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