Agnes of God  –  Auditions in the Market Theatre on Thursday 12th December 2019 at 7pm.

Directed by Shirley Lewis

Performance dates: Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th April 2020.

Agnes of God by John Pielmeier – a modern psychological drama in two Acts.

Summoned to a convent, Dr Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of Agnes, a novice accused of murdering her new-born, who she insists was the result of a virgin conception.  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.

There is a cast of three: either two females and one male, or (as originally written) three females; age ranges are 20s (Agnes, a novitiate nun), mid 30s (Martha (or Martin?), a male/female psychiatrist), and 40/50/60s (Miriam, Mother Superior).  We can be flexible!!

All three roles are very intense and wordy, but there some great acting opportunities, so don’t let that put you off.  Martha covers the full gamut of emotion during the play, from hard-nosed court psychiatrist and atheist to faith-searching healer.  The Mother Superior expounds the possibilities of miracles while recognising the realities of today’s world.  Agnes is a beautiful but tormented soul whose abusive upbringing has affected her ability to think rationally.

Rehearsals are anticipated to be Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings, starting in mid-February 2020, but there may be some flexibility on this.

For more information, please email Shirley Lewis or ring 01885-490669.