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Provocative 'Doubt, A Parable’ is first in HCCT's Plays for New Audiences

Leila Anastasia Scott (left), Patrick Lescarbeau, Chiara McCarty, and Marcelle Abusalbi star in the Hill Country Community Theatre production of ‘Doubt, A Parable,’ which runs May 23-26. It’s the first in the theater’s Plays for New Audiences series. Courtesy photo

The Hill Country Community Theatre presents the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama “Doubt, A Parable” in May as part of its Plays for New Audiences series.

Director Patrick Lescarbeau assembled a cast of Austin actors to perform the Patrick Shanley one-act play, which runs May 23-26 at the Cottonwood Shores theater, 4003 FM 2147.

Sister Aloysius (Marcelle Abusalbi) is a rigidly conservative nun and principal at St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx in the fall of 1964. When Father Flynn (Lescarbeau), a beloved and charismatic parish priest, advocates reform of some of the school’s strict customs, Sister Aloysius is put in direct conflict with his progressive outlook for the future. After a fellow nun tells Sister Aloysius that Father Flynn might be paying too much attention to one of their male students, she begins a personal crusade against the priest – despite her lack of evidence.

Timely as ever, “Doubt, A Parable” is a searing and provocative work that raises important questions and lets the audience come up with their own answers.

Lescarbeau of Austin has been acting since the age of 9 in theaters in New York, Vermont, and Texas. He crossed over to film in late 2015 with the short “Rare Model.” Since then, he has been filmed on location in Texas, California, New Mexico, and Tennessee.

Abusalbi has performed with the University of Texas Department of Theater and Dance.

Leila Anastasia Scott (Mrs. Muller) is a classically trained stage and screen actress. She has been in many commercials and had a principal role in Steven King’s “In the Death Room.” Recently, Scott had principal roles as a British forensic scientist on the web series “Traffic” and in the short film “Nah Sorry.” She also co-starred in the feature film “Perspective.”

Chiara McCarty (Sister James) is originally from Italy, and her credits include dozens of theatrical and film productions. She had extensive training in Los Angeles before making her way to Texas. McCarty was last seen on the stage as Cleo in the world premiere of “Kill All Politicians” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2016.

Performances for “Doubt, A Parable” are 7:30 p.m. May 23-25 and 2:15 p.m. May 26. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with valid IDs. Reservations may be made by calling the box office at (830) 798-8944 or visiting thehcct.org.

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