San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. The setting is St. Nicholas, a Catholic Church and school in the Bronx, New York. 1964. St. Nicholas School has just admitted its first African-American student, Donald Muller, and Sister Aloysius, the school’s principal is concerned that St. Nicholas’s popular priest, Father Flynn, might be making improper advances toward the boy. She enlists the aid of a young teacher, Sister James, in her efforts to validate her concerns and confront Father Flynn. Flynn is as adamant in his denial of any wrongdoing as Sister Aloysius is certain that he is guilty. With Sister James and Donald’s mother, Mrs. Muller, caught in the middle, the priest and principal face off in a battle of wills that will force one of them to leave St. Nicholas.