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LWC College Theatre to present Agnes of God

Powerful play was first staged at Actor's Theatre in Louisville, KY and was adapted into a film in 1985 by Norman Jewison
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The Lindsey Wilson College Theatre Program will present the award-winning play Agnes of God, Wed-Thu-Fri & Sunday, November 11-13 at 7pmCT & Sun Nov, 15,2015 at 2pmCT, and at V.P. Henry Auditorium, 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY.

The play, which has roots in Kentucky, will be presented in a black-box style setting, so seating will be limited to fewer than 100.

LWC Assistant Professor of Theatre Robert Brock, who is the play's director, said he decided to present the play in black box - which will seat audience members on part of the stage - rather than in V.P. Henry Auditorium's traditional proscenium-style setting to "increase the audience's intimacy with the story."

"It's a very, very good play. It's a powerful play," Brock said. "And by having the audience literally on top of the action will further draw them into what is a very strong story."

Agnes of God is a three-character story about a court psychiatrist who attempts to unravel the case of a dead baby found in the wastebasket of a young nun who has no memory of the incident. The psychiatrist battles with a strong-willed mother superior, who insists the child was immaculately conceived.

"It's a very intense play, because you hear the story through the psychologist," Brock said. "It's also a horrifying story on some levels - it's very strong. ... The psychologist discovers that she doesn't have all the answers and basically ends up with questions. It's a very honest play that does not tie everything together in a neat little package."

Written by John Pielmeier, Agnes of God was first staged in 1980 at Actors Theatre of Louisville's renowned Humana Festival of New American Plays. It opened on Broadway in 1982, where it was nominated for several Tony Awards, before being adapted into a 1985 film by Norman Jewison.

"It deals with a lot of serious issues around psychology and religion," Brock said. "It's very well-written, wonderful play."

Brock has directed Agnes of God before, and he said that audience members have embraced the the play's strong story.

"Whenever I've done it before, audiences were spellbound all the way through," he said. "It's very captivating and interesting."

Contact Brock at brockr@lindsey.edu.


This story was posted on 2015-11-08 04:52:19
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