Arts collaborate in reception for FPU

Drama, music and visual art come together in a reception for the Fresno Pacific University Visual/Performing Arts Division.
 
The centerpiece of the March 22, 2015, event is a performance of Doubt: A Parable, the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play by John Patrick Shanley. Also featured will be the University String Quartet and the art exhibit, Creative Journeys: A Retrospective of Art at Fresno Pacific University, 1964-2015. The drama begins at 2:00 p.m. with the play in College Community Church, Mennonite Brethren (CCMB), 2529 Willow Ave., Clovis, with the reception following at 3:15 p.m. Admission is $20. Get ticket information at 559-453-5586, or purchase online at fresno.edu/theater.
 
Shanley’s play is set in 1964 at St. Nicolas Elementary School in the Bronx, New York, where there is conflict between the conservative Sister Aloysius, the strict school principal, and progressive teachers Sister James and Father Flynn, who is also the parish priest. Once Sister Aloysius suspects Father Flynn of having an inappropriate relationship with the school’s only African American student, she is determined to have him removed from the school.
As a church, CCMB itself will be part of the drama since the play incorporates sermons as part of the narrative. In addition, the sanctuary where Doubt will be performed was designed and built by Paul Halajian, the architect engaged by FPU to build its planned arts center. Halajian will be a special guest at the reception. FPU art student Elia Rocha will contribute to the atmosphere by creating Stations of the Cross around the perimeter of the church.
The play will also be performed at 8:00 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 19-21 and 26-28 in the church. Admission is $12 for general audiences and $10 students and seniors. Get tickets at fresno.edu/theater, and more information at 559-453-5586.