(WINDSOR, ON) – Living up to its modus operandi, Post Productions’ latest theatrical presentation brings the “uniquely provocative … for audiences that want more for their dollar: post-theatre, post-art, post-entertainment.” In this case it is bringing Eric Branget, as Father Flynn in John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable, to the stage of the Shadowbox Theatre for a considerable run this month.
The play, which opened on February 2, includes additional dates on February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00pm with doors opening at 7:30.
Shadowbox can be found at 103B-1501 Howard Avenue, at the corner of Howard and Shepard. Tickets are $20 and can be obtained online or at the door.
Lead character Branget is a Windsor original, plying his art on stage and screen. He is noted for his television commercials including those for Visa and Oxford Notebooks, as well as appearances on TV shows such as Evil Encounters and Scariest Night Of My Life.
Branget’s character, Father Brendan Flynn, is both a school teacher and parish priest. In an interview on Post Production’s website, Branget explained that the priest is pushing, “for the modernization of the Catholic Church. He believes religion should not only be understood by all but also accessible to all. He is known for his poetic, yet relatable sermons, as he attempts to build a bridge between the Church and the faithful.”
Playing the priest is somewhat of a dream come true for Branget. He came across the play during his university studies and was attracted to it because the character, “leaves so much for the actor and director to interpret and explore.”
There is so much room for us to explore this character’s motivations as well as the secrets he keeps. Every time I reread this play and go into rehearsal I discover something new about this character and for an actor there is nothing more exciting than that. – Eric Branget
Much of the play is about the changes now swirling in the Catholic Church, which puts him at odds with his nemesis Sister Aloysius. To add a bit of drama, he also finds himself at the centre of a scandal.
Father Flynn, it turns out, is not a one-dimensional character. Audience members are cautioned not to get too cozy with his situation. In fact, Branget hopes the audience will find their expectations are, “broken over and over again. As the play twists and turns I hope that impressions of the character will change several times within a scene as Shanley has created a play that keeps you guessing until the very end.”
Branget is joined on stage with Carla Gyemi portraying Sister James. She is well-known to local theatregoers for her performance as Roz in 9 to 5 and the baker’s wife in Into the Woods.
Jennifer Cole will bring character Mrs Muller to life.