The final Carriage House Players performance of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, will be Sunday, March 31, at 3:00 p.m. The play 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 www.vanderbiltmuseum.org.
Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
March 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.”
Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph
April 26, 27, May 3 and 4 at 8:00 p.m. and April 28 and May 5 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.
Agnes of God by John Pielmeier
June 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8:00 p.m. and June 16 and 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingstone’s suspicions. Who killed the infant, and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love, leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. A hit on Broadway and later on film.
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.