Agnes of God
Full Length Play, Drama / 3f
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.
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.
"Outstanding play [that]...deals intelligently with questions of religion and psychology." - The New York Times
"Riveting, powerful, electrifying drama...the dialogue crackles." - New York Daily News
"Unquestionably blindingly theatrical...cleverly executed blood and guts evening in the theatre." - New York Post
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
Bare stage. One chair.
- Additional Features: Play w/ Music
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
DOCTOR MARTHA LIVINGSTONE - Woman, 40's
MOTHER MIRIAM RUTH - Woman, 60's
AGNES - Woman, 20's
- All Female
- Non-Traditional casting
- Multicultural casting
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
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Read at the 1979 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights' Conference.
Professional premiere at Actors' Theatre of Louisville, March, 1980.