Alice Barrett Mitchell is playing the role of Sister Aloysius, the role made famous by Cherry Jones on Broadway and Meryl Streep on film, in the T. Schreiber Studio production of "Doubt" at the Gloria Maddox Theatre in Manhattan.
"Doubt" is the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by John Patrick Shanley dealing with a Catholic school principal’s suspicions that a young priest is conducting an inappropriate relationship with a male student. The New York Times wrote of the play at the time of it’s Broadway debut, “Even as ''Doubt'' holds your conscious attention as an intelligently measured debate play, it sends off emotional stealth charges that go far deeper.”
Barrett Mitchell is returning to the Manhattan stage after several seasons working in Brooklyn with Brave New World Repertory Theatre. She most recently appeared in Thorton Wilder’s "The Long Christmas Dinner," and in seasons past was featured in Arthur Miller’s "The American Clock," Ray Bradbury’s "Fahrenheit 451," and many staged readings including David Lindsay-Abaire’s "Fuddy Meers" and George Bernard Shaw’s "Heartbreak House."
After years of work in television and film, Barrett Mitchell is delighted to return to the stage.
“While I love working on camera, there’s nothing like the luxury of digging your teeth into a role in the way that theater allows," she says. "Film and television rarely offers rehearsal time. I’m enjoying tremendously the opportunity to do extensive research, explore the material with the cast and director, have the freedom to try different approaches until we discover what works best. And I can’t wait to experience more than a two-week run."
Barrett Mitchell’s last Manhattan stage work was in Neil Simon’s "Jake’s Women" with Alan Alda.
“Words cannot describe the thrill of making your Broadway debut on stage with Mr. Alda, Joyce Van Patten and Brenda Vaccarro!” she recalls.
At the same time, Barrett Mitchell was a contract player on ANOTHER WORLD playing Frankie Frame, a psychic private investigator, the role for which she is most well known.
In the years since, she has appeared on screen in Choke with Sam Rockwell, Thirteen with Sam Riley, Twelve with Chace Crawford and as Richard Gere’s wife in .
"I keep waiting for Eleven or Fourteen but no one’s written those yet,” quips the actress.
Recent prime time television work includes LAW & ORDER: SVU, CONVICTION, NEW AMSTERDAM and MERCY.
"Doubt" also features Mike Roche, Nora Jane Williams and Brenda Crawley and is directed by Peter Jensen. It runs October 10th-November 18th at the Gloria Maddox Theatre, 151 W. 26th St., 7th fl., NYC. Tickets are $20 by donation and may be purchased through www.TSCHREIBER.org. For more information, call the studio at (212) 352-3101.
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