Lincoln County Community Theater will hold auditions for its first show of the 2010/2011 season, John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama (and Oscar-winning film) “Doubt,” Tuesday, Sept. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the downtown Lincoln Theater, 2 Theater St.

Callbacks will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m. The show will open Nov. 5 to play weekend performances through Nov. 14.

Set in a Catholic School in the Bronx in 1964, “Doubt” is structured as a clash of wills and generations between Sister Aloysius, the school’s headmistress; and Father Flynn, the young priest who may or may not be too fond of the schoolboys in his charge. Sister Aloysius is a testament to the pressures of remaining sure in a world where, as Oscar Wilde put is, the truth is never pure and rarely simple. The play explores the idea that doubt can serve as a bond that is as powerful and sustaining as certainty.

LCCT is particularly excited to be opening the season with a piece that has such strong roles for women. In addition to Sister Aloysius and new teacher Sister James, the play provides¬† a wonderful role for a black actress as the mother of the child at the center of the play’s controversy.

“Doubt” will be directed by Al D’Andrea, a newcomer to LCCT who, in addition to a long career in both New York and Los Angeles, is a recent transplant to Portland, where he continues to work as both a director and teacher. He most recently mounted a workshop production of a new musical with students from the musical theater program at the University of Southern Maine.

Actors who audition will be asked to read selected scenes from the play. The scenes, as well as additional information about the play and the theater, can be downloaded from the theater’s Web site, lcct.org. Alternatively, arrangements to pick up copies of the scenes can be made by calling the business office at 563-3424.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.