The Olney Central College Theater will present 'Agnes of God' at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 in the Dr. John D. Stull Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be available at the door.
Appointed as a court psychiatrist, Dr. Martha Livingstone is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice, Agens, accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior of the convent, allow Agnes to see the doctor, but insists that Agnes remembers nothing about the birth, arousing Livingstone's suspicions further. Who killed the infant, and was was the father? Is Agnes blessed or simply a victim? Will the doctor and Mother Miriam be able to withstand challenges to their own beliefs that arise from this case? Livingstone's questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith, and love, leading to a dramatic, compelling climax.
This play will be presented in Black Box form, which consists of a simple, unadorned performance space, a large square room with black walls and a flat floor. Sets, costumes and props are very minimal.
While Agnes of God is a wonderful show that challenges many aspects of life, this production may not be suitable for children under the age of 13. some adults may find it unsettling as well. This thought-provoking play, first performed in 1979, presents topics that can be difficult and taboo, such as out-of-wedlock birth by a nun, infant murder, abuse and other adult themes. Strong language is used a few times throughout the show. The play is based on a true story.