Agnes of God


 

Raynor Littleton

Volunteer Writer 

Agnes Of God 

Agnes of God by John Pielmeier premiered on Sept. 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the HB Atkinson Theatre.

Agnes of God is a three-person play featuring Kim Wasinger (Agnes), Laura Reynolds (Dr. Martha Livingstone), and Michele Field (Mother Miriam Ruth).

Agnes of God is a story about a court-appointed psychiatrist, Dr. Martin Livingstone who is summoned to a Covent to assess the sanity of a young nun, Agnes who is accused for killing her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, is determined in keeping Agnes away from the doctor, making Livingstone believe that there is more going on that they are telling her.

Dr. Livingstone and Miriam Ruth are always in the midst of a fight. Livingstone is holding a grudge against the nuns, because her sister became a nun and died because the Mother Superior of the Covent refused to take her to the doctors. Ruth is just trying to protect Agnes and knows that Livingstone is attacking her because she is a nun.

Before any scene change, Dr. Livingstone would monologue what she believes is going on in the story, a little bit about why she has grudge against the nuns and uses an analogy related to the scene that just happened.

In the first meeting with Agnes, she just seems like a young, innocent, sheltered nun. When Livingstone asks her where babies come from, Agnes believes that good babies come from angels and that bad babies come from fallen angels.

You later learn that Agnes had a disturbed past. Her mother was an alcoholic who mentally and physically abused. Agnes believes that being fat is a sin and that she needs to starve herself as a result of the abuse. Agnes said, “God blew up the Hindenburg, he’ll blow me up.”

Dr. Livingstone uses hypnosis on Agnes to find out what really happened to the baby.

There were some technical difficulties towards the end of the story, such as the spotlight going out on Livingstone’s last monologue, but she went on without it, and some stumbling of lines.

This play is for mature audiences only, with foul language and mature content. It was a thrilling, dramatic, mystery with a little humor.

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