Agnes of God

by  John Pielmeier

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.

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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

"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

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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John Pielmeier

JOHN PIELMEIER is an actor and writer who began his career with the internationally acclaimed play and movie Agnes of God. Since then he has had three more plays mounted on Broadway and over twenty-five film, television movies and miniseries produced. Most recently he has written and acted in the internationally succes ...

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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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