Agnes of God by American playwright John Pielmeier premiered in Waterford, Connecticut in 1979. It is set in a convent, after a novice nun named Agnes unexpectedly gives birth and insists that the child was the result of a virgin conception. During the ensuing investigation, a psychiatrist and the Mother Superior clash as the psychiatrist probes ever-deeper to get to the bottom of events. Exploring themes of faith, maternal instinct, and how far people will go to preserve their chosen way of life, Agnes of God was critically acclaimed and had a successful 1982 Broadway run that was nominated for two Tony awards. It is most widely known for the 1985 film adaptation, directed by Norman Jewison, starring Meg Tilly, Anne Bancroft, and Jane Fonda in the leading roles.
This moving production features three very watchable actors. Nessa McLoughlin plays Mother Superior Miriam Ruth, with a sensitive appreciation of this woman’s own inner struggles. Investigating psychiatrist Dr Martha Livingston is portrayed by Hélène Lepaon, who brings a wealth of stage experience and an absorbing interpretation of this challenging role.
Sinéad Foy, who has a background in musical theatre, radiates a touching vulnerability and innocence as Agnes herself, at odds with the world but with an inner strength that acts as a shield against it.
Agnes of God will run nightly at 8pm from Sunday 1st December for seven nights until Saturday 7th December, at Athlone Little Theatre, St Mary’s Place, Athlone. For online bookings see athlonelittletheatre.ie or phone (090) 6474324 and check Facebook for regular news.