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Dr. Luther Smith speaks on a talkback panel after Monday’s preview performance of Doubt.

Monday morning’s assembly featured a preview of Calvary’s upcoming theatre production, Doubt: a parable. After performing a scene from the play, director Bobbie Jeffrey invited a panel of Calvary faculty, staff, and retired faculty to comment on the play. Panelists also fielded questions from the audience. Students engaged with questions about themes of the play, how to deal with abuse in the church, and how to wrestle with doubts in a biblical manner.

Student dramaturg Vincent Matteson explained author John Patrick Shanley’s thoughts on the play. Shanley recognized the polarizing nature of some of his topics, but he said, “I’m interested in the conversation, especially because another word for that conversation is ‘life.’” The play is already sparking conversation across Calvary’s campus as students and faculty address together the central question of Doubt: what do you do when you’re not sure?

Doubt performs October 25-26 at 7:30 pm, and October 27 at 2:00 pm.

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