April 05, 2005

Play about abuse in Catholic Church wins Pulitzer


A play about a Catholic priest suspected of abusing children, Doubt, a Parable by John Patrick Shanley, has been awarded the Pulitzer prize for drama.

Awarded just two days after the death of Pope John Paul II, the prize was a reminder of the child sex abuse scandals that have plagued the Roman Catholic Church in recent years, particularly in the United States.

In the play, which had a critically acclaimed run off Broadway last year before it opened on Broadway last week, a nun named Sister Aloysius is faced with a dilemma when she suspects a young priest of abusing schoolboys.

Set in the Bronx in 1964, the play has won rave reviews, with the New York Times calling it "tight, absorbing and expertly acted".

"Doubt is an unusually quiet work for Mr Shanley, a writer who made his name with rowdy portraits of bruising love affairs," the paper wrote.

Posted by kshaw at April 5, 2005 08:46 AM