The New York Times interview with John Patrick Shanley on the film of his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play follows. A selection from Doubt is included in One on One: The Best Men’s Monologues for the 21st Century from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books.
'Doubt’ and Doubts of a Workingman
By DAVID CARR
Published: December 4, 2008
WHEN John Patrick Shanley steps into a Midtown Manhattan hangout known for its theater clientele, few would guess how much he belonged.
There is little about his sure gait, workingman hands or no-nonsense affect that flicks at the artist within, let alone a playwright, often the more delicately wrought of the species. Only the eyes, weakened by glaucoma but working, suggest anything other than a tough guy from the Bronx. And in that gaze he is constantly calibrating everything around him, seeing a great deal and concluding not much.
“It’s an important part of my personality that I continually adjudicate, but I never reach a verdict,” he explains . . .