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Dzundza brings clout to ‘Doubt’

Published on July 11, 2017 12:22PM

Margaret Page, Joseph Oyala, Brenna Sage and Sue Meyers Neuer receive direction from George Dzundza.

Margaret Page, Joseph Oyala, Brenna Sage and Sue Meyers Neuer receive direction from George Dzundza.

Having appeared in films including “The Deer Hunter,” “Basic Instinct” and “Crimson Tide,”

George Dzundza has enjoyed success on the global stage.

But this Friday, July 14, Dzundza will trade the bright lights of Hollywood for the more intimate setting of Nehalem’s performing arts center as Riding Tide Productions presents “Doubt, A Parable.”

John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play delves into the murky shadows of moral uncertainty, where the characters are always balancing their beliefs on the thin line between truth and consequences.

Dzundza has been involved in theater since the 1960s when he was a student at St. John’s University in Queens. There, he majored in Speech and Theater, and studied with Dr. Jerome Rockwood, author of “The Craftsmen of Dionysus,” a book on the technique of acting.

After St. John’s, Dzundza continued his training at the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting, where he studied with Harold Clurman and Pearl Pearson, both members of the original Group Theatre. Their teaching formed the base of a professional acting career that spanned close to 40 years.

In addition to his extensive film and television credits, Dzundza has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, regional theatre, dinner theatre and national tours.

Having moved to the Oregon Coast 10 years ago, Dzundza is lending his formidable experience to Rising Tide Productions, directing its latest offering, “Doubt, A Parable.”

Set in 1964, the play explores ideas of morality and certainty as Catholic high school principal Sister Aloysius accuses the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

The play stars Joseph Oyala as Father Flynn, Margaret Page as Sister Aloysious, Brenna Sage as Sister James and Sue Meyers Neuer as Mrs. Muller.

An exquisite, potent drama, “Doubt: A Parable” leaves the audience to grapple with the discomfort of finding their own answers and dealing with their own uncertainties.

The play, which contains adult content, opens at 7 pm this Friday, July 14, at the NCRD Performing Arts Center, 36155 9th Street, Nehalem.

The run continues through July 30, with 7 pm performances every Friday and Saturday night and 2 pm matinées each Sunday.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

For more information, email risingtideproductions@earthlink.net or 503-842-5406.

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