Studio 33 Theatre founder Ashley Burton Riley made a splashy debut for her fledgling troupe in an unforgettable performance as the title character in “Always Patsy Cline.” Most audience members didn’t know that she was four months pregnant when she pulled off that acting and singing tour-de-force for capacity crowds at the Port Arthur Little Theatre.
Now juggling work, motherhood and the theatre, Riley has announced Studio 33’s next production. The company will present “Doubt: A Parable,” the 2004 play by John Patrick Shanley that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.
Set in 1964 at a Catholic school in the Bronx, the play depicts the struggle between a charismatic priest and Sister Aloysius, the iron-fisted principal. Playwright Shanley directed a film version of his challenging play starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.
The Studio 33 version of this powerful drama will be staged at The Art Studio in downtown Beaumont on Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 12-14 (note the skipped weekend). It will be directed by former Lamar University theater mainstay Dr. Adonia Placette.
To raise money to finance their upcoming season, Studio 33 will present “Night at The Cabaret,” a huge fundraiser at The Gig on Crockett Street. The event is Sunday, Aug. 19, from 6 -10 p.m. and features performances, food and a silent action featuring unique items.