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Agnes of God

John Pielmeier

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Full Length Play, Drama

3f

ISBN: 9780573630224

"Riveting, powerful, electrifying drama [...] the dialogue crackles." - New York Daily News


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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Present Day

Settings Of Play - Bare stage. One chair.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

UIL Approved

Bare Stage/Simple Set

CAUTIONS

Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingstone’s suspicions. Who killed the infant, and who fathered the tiny victim? Livingstone’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith and the power of love, leading to a dramatic, compelling climax. A hit on Broadway and later on film.

"Riveting, powerful, electrifying drama...the dialogue crackles." - New York Daily News

"Outstanding play [that]...deals intelligently with questions of religion and psychology." - The New York Times

"Unquestionably blindingly theatrical...cleverly executed blood and guts evening in the theatre." - New York Post

Read at the 1979 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights' Conference.

Professional premiere at Actors' Theatre of Louisville, March, 1980.

Characters

CASTING

3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Non-Traditional casting, Multicultural casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

Woman, 40's.

Woman, 60's.

Woman, 20's.

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VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

Author
John Pielmeier

John Pielmeier

John Pielmeier began his career as an actor, working at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Rep, Alaska Rep, Baltimore’s Center Stage, and the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference. It was at the O’Neill that his play Agnes of God was first staged. A co-winner of the Great American Play contest, Agnes premiered professionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, ... view full profile

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Thomas Green 01/04/2016 15:04
This play will make some if not many audience members uncomfortable. Brashly dealing with complex topics ranging from theological debates to child molestation, there's something for everyone to disagree on. However, it is dealt with in such a manner that every individual will walk away with a different experience, a different interpretation, and a different way that they view the world.
Dennis O'Donovan 08/01/2016 11:00
The play features outstanding writing and rich characters.  When finally assembled (we used a soloist for Agnes' prayers) the show was extremely moving.  I was asked in an interview (as director) whether I found the show's pedigree (awards & nominations, etc.) intimidating - I replied that the opposite was true - that the writing was inspiring to me and to the cast, making the job of directing the play easier.
Jenna Eve Kleinfoen 31/10/2015 14:03
Despite long monologues the writing keeps the audience on their toes throughout. It tests the value of faith and justice, and views the development of relationships.

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