Under the direction of Al D’Andrea, Lincoln County Community Theater is producing “Doubt: A Parable” by John Patrick Shanley. In 2005, this thought-provoking drama was awarded the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.

The LCCT production will open Friday, Nov. 5 for a two-weekend run at the Lincoln Theater, Elm and Theater streets. Set in the Bronx in 1964, “Doubt” depicts a power play between a modern-thinking priest and a prickly, conservative nun running a Catholic school that has just admitted its first black student. Sister Aloysius (Suzanne Rankin of Matinicus) distrusts Father Flynn (Bill Vaughn of Newcastle) and his modernizing mentality, especially when it comes to how he interacts with the students. She tells her staff to keep an eye on Flynn, and her most naive teacher, Sister James (Jennifer True of Cushing), soon discovers something suspicious — or so she thinks. The critical role of Mrs. Muller, the mother of the student at the center of controversy, will be played by Sheila Jackson from Portland.

”Doubt” is an unusually quiet work for Shanley, a writer who made his name with rowdy portraits of bruising love affairs. But gentleness becomes this dramatist. Even as ”Doubt” holds one’s conscious attention as an intelligently measured debate play, it sends off emotional stealth charges that go far deeper. This drama promises an evening of great entertainment at the historic Lincoln Hall under the auspices of LCCT, now in its 35th season.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Nov. 5 through 14. All tickets are $12 and are available at Maine Coast Book Shop and at the theater office. Advance reservations are suggested; call 563-3424.

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