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by John Patrick Shanley
in association with The Church of the Holy Trinity
19 Trinity Square
"..NOTHING SHORT OF MAGNIFICENT"
Our Theatre Voice
"A GUT PUNCHER"
October 26th to November 13th 2022
About the Play
About the Play
Breaking & Entering Theatre is proud to announce its inaugural production DOUBT: A PARABLE by Award Winning playwright John Patrick Shanley. Though the play is set in 1964 and written almost two decades ago, DOUBT’s relevance can not be denied. Looking at the issues that have taken up our hearts and minds in the last two years; the Catholic church’s involvement in Residential School and child abuse scandals, racial reckoning, class struggle, the value of women… is it any wonder we all have doubt? Doubt in our leaders, doubt in our faith, doubt in ourselves. And we have been left to deal with this doubt on our own as we remained in Covid isolation. But now, we can face these doubts, head on. Together.
Breaking & Entering’s production is an immersive experience, performed in the place where people used to find comfort and solace; the church. And while DOUBT is a celebration of true and passionate faith, it also exposes the consequences of blind conviction and rigid beliefs.
Directed by Dora Award winner, Stewart Arnott, this production brings together some of Canada’s most exciting and talented actors: Deborah Drakeford (Station Eleven, Soulpepper, ARC Theatre), Emma Nelles (The Boys, The Comey Rule), Kim Nelson (Orphan Black, Tarragon Theatre, Coal Mine Theatre), Brian Bisson (Clarice, Workin’ Moms),
“Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.
When you are lost, you are not alone.”
Father Flynn - Doubt: A Parable
Directions to the venue
The Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, is located in downtown Toronto, next to the CF Toronto Eaton Centre Shopping Mall. The nearest subway is Dundas Station.
Deborah Drakeford (Sister Aloysius)
Ms Drakeford is one of Canada’s leading actors of both stage and screen acclaim. A multi-Dora nominated actor, Deb has appeared on stage for Soulpepper Theatre company, Grand Theatre in London, and is currently Co-Artistic Producer of ARC based in Toronto. She was most recently featured in the Emmy nominated series Station Eleven for HBO Max.
Brian Bisson (Father Flynn) Co-Artistic Producer
Mr Bisson has been seen on television in Canada, the United States and Europe. A seasoned character actor, he has worked with the likes of Rachel McAdams, Tatiana Maslany, and Matthew Weiner (creator of Mad Men). He was recently featured in Workin’ Moms, and as Mike Diaz on the CBS series Clarice. He is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.
Emma Nelles (Sister James)
Emma Nelles is an actor and emerging director, based in Toronto. A graduate of George Brown Theatre School, Emma has also trained with Karen Kohlhaas, Atlantic Acting School in New York City, Canada's National Voice Institute, Shakespeare BASH'd, and the Soulpepper City Youth Academy. On screen, Emma has acted alongside Jennifer Ehle and Jeff Daniels in the CBS miniseries, The Comey Rule.
Kim Nelson (Mrs Muller)
Kim Nelson is quadrilingual actor (English, French, Spanish and Haitian Creole) currently based in Toronto. A former lawyer, Kim discovered her love for theatre during a Montreal-based production of Raisin in the Sun in which she played Ruth. Stage credits include: Camilla in The Winter’s Tale (Saint Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Richard II in Richard II (Secret Shakespeare), Kate in Breathing Corpses (The Coal Mine Theatre), Kate Dillon in Good People (Montreal Centaur Theatre); and Lady in Blue in For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide (NuSpyce Productions). Screen credits include: The Hardy Boys (Hulu), Christmas Ever After (Lifetime Television), Designated Survivor (CTV/Netflix), Burden of Truth (CBC/CW/Hulu), and Orphan Black (BBC America)
The Church of the Holy Trinity, TO
The Church of the Holy Trinity is a community of people who express Christian faith through lives of integrity, justice and compassion. We are a community of artists, activists, theologians, cooks, musicians, writers, students, seniors, queer and straight, cis and trans, lay people and clerics. We are part of the Diocese of Toronto in the Anglican Church of Canada and celebrate its tradition. At the same time, we are unafraid to challenge what we believe to be unjust.
Stewart Arnott (Director)
Stewart Arnott has pursued his craft as an actor and director for over 40 years. He won the 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Direction for his critically acclaimed production of Marjorie Prime (Coal Mine Theatre) starring the late, legendary Canadian actress Martha Henry. As an actor, Mr. Arnott recently starred in Room (Grand Theatre/Mirvish Productions) and has been featured in Schitt's Creek, Suits, Murdoch Mysteries and the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water.
Emma Campbell (Producer / Co-Artistic Producer)
Emma Campbell is writer, producer, actor, and now, co-artistic director of a company! Helping an to bring B&E’s production of DOUBT to life has been such a wonderful journey, and while it’s her first time producing theatre, she’s been training for this job her whole career. As a producer and writer, Emma has worked on Netflix’s My Perfect Landing and the BAFTA & CSA nominated The Next Step (CBBC/HBO Max) for 5 seasons. In 2020, she earned a WGC award for Best Writing in a Teen Series for her work on Creeped Out (CBBC/Family). Emma’s first feature film script, The Tenant, won second prize in the the Canadian Film Festival Script Accelerator Competition. She is currently in development for her own one hour drama Hopefuls with Seven24 Films.
Meghan Specht (Stage Manager)
Originally from London, Ontario, Meghan studied Theatre Production at York University. Her stage management credits include My Hero, and The View From Here (Port Stanley Festival Theatre - Apprentice SM), and You Can't Take it With You (Fanshawe College). Meghan was also a stage manager for the Forest City Film Festival. When she isn't in the booth, Meghan works as a make-up artist putting her diploma from the College of Make-up, Art and Design to good use.
Lara Berry (Costume Designer)
Lara learned her craft from working in the field, always driven by an artistic passion and a strong desire to tell a story. She is an award winning costume designer who sinks her teeth into independent projects, films, TV series and commercials. Although Lara’s first experience in the theatre was on the stage, her background in acting has given her a unique perspective as a costume designer.
Breaking & Entering Theatre was named as a nod to it's founders: Brian Bisson, the son of a former Ontario Provincial Police officer, and Emma Campbell, a (reformed) juvenile delinquent. But more importantly, it is how this husband and wife team feels as they bust onto the scene with their first production; a classic theatre piece presented in a current and relevant way.
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