November 17-20, 2022
“What do you do when you’re not sure?” asks Father Brendan Flynn, the new progressive priest at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in the Bronx, NY, in 1964. Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the stalwart principal of St. Nicholas’ adjoining Catholic school. Sister Aloysius is fierce in her convictions and devoted to running a well-functioning school. Her leadership conflicts with Sister James, an enthusiastic young nun who teaches history as if she is performing on a Broadway stage. Sister James suspects there is an inappropriate connection between Father Flynn and the new black male student. Father Flynn claims that he is simply acting as the boy’s protector, shielding him from what would otherwise be relentless torment from his white classmates. However, Sister Aloysius suspects that Father Flynn is not being truthful. Father Flynn is sure she is pursuing a personal vendetta against the modernization of the Church. In her efforts to right a perceived wrong, Sister Aloysius must work to break down the institutional hierarchies that have allowed the abuse of power—and children—to run rampant in the Church.
Winner: The 2005 Tony Award for Best Play; The 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; The 2005 Drama Desk Award for Best Play