Playwright John Patrick Shanley lives his life by putting everything on the table but always leaving room for dissenting opinions. In turn, the ambiguity of the situation he explores in “Doubt” appealed to composer Douglas Cuomo. Write about a time when you faced a situation where you couldn’t decide what the right thing to do was. What were the options and why was the choice so difficult?

The Minnesota Opera creates works which express our times. The playwright, composer, director, and artists turned a relevant moral dilemma into an opera. Using the situation you wrote about above, create a poem that expresses the difficult choice you had to make. Can you find just the right words to express your feelings?