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February 13, 2014

Out & About: Building 'Doubt' on Rogers Center stage

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Merrimack College in North Andover is presenting the award-winning drama “Doubt: A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley this weekend.

Set against the volatile background of the civil rights movement and Kennedy assassination, “Doubt: A Parable” pits a conservative principal of St. Nicholas School against a young and progressive priest when she suspects him of abusing a student.

Fr. Richard Piatt directs the production performed by Merrimack College students and staff. He is also an assistant professor in Merrimack’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

“John Patrick Shanley has crafted a masterful piece of theater, rich in nuance and deeply human at its core,” Piatt says in a release. “What is truly wonderful about the play is that you and the person you are sitting next to will likely have very different understandings about what you have just witnessed. ‘Doubt’ is one of those rare theatrical events that can’t help but cause audience members to discuss and debate long after the curtain comes down.”

Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30, with a matinee also on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Rogers Center for The Arts, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover.

General admission is $10, $5 for Merrimack College students and employees. For tickets, call the Rogers Center box office at 978-837-5355 or buy online at

Hip-hop dance erasing stereotypes

The Phillips Academy Department of Theater and Dance presents a performance by Kayden guest artist Dr. Rennie Harris and his hip-hop dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Tang Theatre on the campus at 180 Main St. in Andover.

The performance will feature signature works by choreographer and founder Harris, including an excerpt from “Rome and Jules,” Harris’ hip-hop version of “Romeo and Juliet”.

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