Science and Religion Collide in Controversial Drama Agnes of God
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Harking back to the charged family dynamics of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, the new play Miracles in the Fall -- winner of the 2013 Dionysos Cup Festival of New Plays -- is a powerful investigation of the intersection of secrets, faith and forgiveness. Set in 1968 Detroit, the play centers on a young Dominican nun, Clare Connelly, who is the caretaker of her alcoholic father, Jimmy. In due course, she uncovers the very secrets that have thrown a pall of shame over the family for many years. A maverick Jesuit priest and Clare's own brother Charlie inspire and challenge Clare in equal measure throughout this sensitive and intelligent drama. Written by local playwright Chuck O'Connor (High Hard Ones), Miracles in the Fall now comes to Greenhouse Theater Center. Learn More
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Very well done. The interplay between religion and atheist was brilliant - as it showed the pros and cons between both. And it left the audience member ping pong back and forth on which to support. One area that was a little too intense was the loud volume of actors voices - perhaps I'm too sensitive, but I thought they could have toned it down a bit (i.e., less dramatic). Recommend watching.
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_Agnes of God _was adapted into a film in 1985, starring Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft and Meg Tilly. The stage play contains more dialogue than the film and is restricted to the three main characters. It is considered a demanding play for actors, due to the range of emotions displayed and the fact that the three actors carry the entire drama.
By John Peilmeier
Directed by Jacob Christopher Green
Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is chared with assessing the sanity of a young novitiate accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, arousing Livingstone’s suspicions further. 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.