Agnes of God

by  John Pielmeier

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3f

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


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Bare stage. One chair.

  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Chorus Size: No Chorus

Casting

3f

DOCTOR MARTHA LIVINGSTONE - Woman, 40's
MOTHER MIRIAM RUTH - Woman, 60's
AGNES - Woman, 20's

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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

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 Pl ...

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

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

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