Indiana State University’s Department of Theatre presents Agnes of God March 11 through March 14 via online steaming. Curtain times are 7:30 pm Thursday through Saturday, and 3:00 pm on Sunday.
Playwright John Pielmeier crafts a story that intersects faith, memory, and meaning of sainthood. 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, novice nun 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.
Director Dr. Arthur Feinsod, Professor of Theater at Indiana State University, brings this tale into the new millennium, right in the middle of the pandemic, where no one can be in the same room and where everything must happen on Zoom. Agnes of God is the last play Dr. Feinsod will direct at ISU as he is retiring this semester after over 20 years.
After the Saturday, March 13 performance, there will be a talkback panel to discuss the play and the production. Panelists include Sister Paula Damiano (InterFaith Council Vice President and Co-Director of the Providence Spirituality and Conference Center), Dr. Tom Johnson (IFC member and ISU Professor of Psychology), and Dr. Feinsod. The talkback is open to anyone to attend.
Tickets for Agnes of God are $5. For more information, please call (812) 237-3337. Performances will be streamed online; no in-person performances will take place. After purchasing a ticket (visit https://www.indstate.edu/cas/theater), attendees will receive a link to the performance (one hour before the show). Please be advised, this production contains mature content including discussions of death, miscarriage, infanticide, and sexual assault; view discretion is advised. During and after each performance, mental health counselors will be on hand to offer support and resources to audience members via private audio/video chat.